After a stellar 19-3 season, Coach Rob Smith stepped down as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Northwest High School. He wanted to spend more time with his family during his kids’ pivotal years.
Coach BJ Dubuchananne was recently named to take over the red-hot Jaguars, a team powered by talent and community support. “I know that a successful program has an invested community, and it makes a huge difference to have that support,” he said. “Athletics at Northwest has shown they can compete for and win state titles, so it’s fun to be a part of that atmosphere. My wife and I look forward to being a part of the community, and we are excited about leading the program into the future.”
Known by his players as Coach D, the new coach is entering Jaguar country at an important juncture. Over the past few years, the Northwest boys’ basketball team has seen tremendous improvement, highlighted by their 19-3 finish last season. With a lot of talent from last year returning, Coach D is looking forward to his first season coaching the Jaguars.
“Coach Smith and Coach Kabwasa, the JV coach last four years, have done a great job of laying the foundation for a successful program and that really showed last year,” Coach D said. “I know there are some talented players coming back that are hungry to continue that success. They have seen the hard work and dedication it takes to be a strong program and I’m excited to work with players that are hungry.”
Coach D has been part of the Montgomery County basketball scene for a long time, so he has witnessed first-hand the leaps and strides Northwest has taken over the years. He was the JV head coach and varsity assistant for two years at Wootton High School and just finished his fifth season at Whitman High School as the JV head coach and an assistant on the varsity.
Coach D is looking forward to being a part of the Northwest community, especially building “the connection with the younger kids so that when they are growing up they want to come and play for Northwest.”
Growing up on the hardwood, Coach D went on to play club at East Carolina University and on the scout team for the East Carolina University men’s basketball team. He also played semi-professionally for a summer after college before he moved to New Jersey to work for NBATV. He brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm to the job and plans to “create a family atmosphere that makes guys want to come to the gym.”