This past winter felt like a page-turning kind of season for Osbourn boys’ basketball Coach Mike Dufrene, and this week he announced that he was stepping down after 14 years at his alma mater.
The Eagles’ top seven scorers, including Dufrene’s son, Landon, were seniors. The coach had recently assumed greater responsibilities as the school’s freshman academy coordinator. And by coaching, he had to miss many of the Osbourn basketball games played by his daughter, Bailey, a sophomore who was her team’s second-leading scorer.
All those reasons factored into Dufrene, 46, deciding to resign. His teams reached the past two Virginia AAA tournaments, the first state appearances for the program. The Eagles posted 23 wins in each of those seasons.
“The emotional side of it — with my seniors, they were all moving on to the next level of their lives,” Dufrene said. “I thought it was good timing. It was something I reflected on — family, professionally, where the program is today. I had the opportunity to step away and let somebody else take over the program so I can focus more on other opportunities.
“I feel good about the direction that I’m going to go in from here, and I feel good about the direction the basketball program is going in from here.”
Dufrene, a head coach for the past 22 years, first at Brookville and E.C. Glass in the Lynchburg area, at Osbourn replaced Barry Sudduth, his high school coach and a father figure to him when Dufrene moved to Manassas from Louisiana before his sophomore year. Dufrene went on to play at George Mason University for current Texas Coach Rick Barnes.
Dufrene has an interesting link to one of the best players to ever come out of Northern Virginia: While completing his degree at GMU, he was a volunteer assistant at Lake Braddock. He said he used to go to the high school in the mornings before classes started to rebound for Bruins standout Hubert Davis, who went on to the University of North Carolina and played for 12 years in the NBA.
Coincidentally, on Wednesday, the day that Dufrene stepped down, Davis left his job as an ESPN college basketball analyst to join the UNC coaching staff.
Dufrene’s departure marks the second major coaching change at Osbourn, the lone high school in the City of Manassas, in recent months.