Doug Poppe, who resigned as Osbourn Park girls basketball coach last spring, has been named boys basketball coach at Brentsville.

Poppe, taking over an unfamiliar team less than two weeks before practice is set to begin, inherits a program that has won the past three Bull Run District regular season and tournament titles.

However, the conference will be tougher this season--the addition of three schools makes it a seven-team district.

Poppe, 31, who teaches emotionally disabled children at PACE West in Haymarket, does not view his late hiring as a major factor.

He plans to meet with his players early next week.

"They want to play basketball, and I want to coach," he said.

"It's not a big to-do."

Poppe, whose three Osbourn Park girls teams went 16-45, replaces Mark Kozlowski, who stepped down last summer. Kozlowski coached the team for two years. Brentsville won 12 games each of those seasons and went 57-21 the four years before that.

Poppe said he resigned from Osbourn Park, his alma mater, because his master's degree course work conflicted with the Yellow Jackets' basketball schedule and caused him to miss two games and some practices.

Now he can take classes over the Internet and via television, which has freed up time to coach.

The Tigers' top returning scorer is guard Justin Thomas, who averaged 12.6 points last year.

Brentsville's season ended with a loss to Strasburg, one of the new Bull Run teams, in the Region B semifinals.

Poppe has seen Brentsville teams play in recent years--when not coaching, he works as a basketball official.