Craig Jefferies, shown with Dunbar in 2005, is headed back to the sideline this fall. (Kevin Clark/THE WASHINGTON POST)
May 31, 2012

One of the District’s most successful high school football coaches plans to return to the sideline this fall.

Craig Jefferies, who guided Dunbar to eight D.C. public school championships in 15 seasons at that Northwest Washington school and was The Post’s All-Met Coach of the Year in 1999, said he has tentatively agreed to become the next coach at Oxon Hill in Prince George’s County.

“Oxon Hill had a tradition of winning in the past and I was impressed with how well they do academically and the type of kids they attract,” said Jefferies, who left Dunbar after the 2010 season and spent last year as the wide receivers coach at the University of New Mexico.

“I think they can get it done. There is room for another winning program on the [Prince George’s] 4A level.”

Jefferies, 55, expects to teach at Oxon Hill. He recently met with 75 potential players in the school cafeteria, but acknowledged that turning around the Clippers’ program will not be easy. Oxon Hill, which went 1-9 last season, will be without a home field in 2012 while a new school building is constructed on the site of its former stadium.

“I think I’ll get things going,” Jefferies said. “It will be a nice challenge for me.”

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