After a 5-19 season, Northwest High School opted for a familiar face to revive its boys’ basketball team. The Jaguars hired Rob Smith, who coached the Northwest girls’ varsity team in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, to replace Usman Jamil, who led Northwest to a 30-42 record over three seasons.

Smith coached a variety of sports since he’s been teaching at Northwest since 2006, including varsity girls’ volleyball and boys’ volleyball in the spring. He coached girls’ basketball at Trinity Washington University and boys’ junior varsity at Poolesville before coaching the Jaguars’ girls team. Smith played high school basketball at Poolesville and graduated from Salisbury University.

“Our goals first of all will be academics first, making sure everyone who’s a part of the program is academically sound,” Smith said. “The basketball part will eventually come. I know they didn’t have as many wins as they’d like the past few years, but I think with the players in the building and the athletic ability, we have a chance to do some really good things.”

The Jaguars graduated leading scorers Rodney Snider and Xavier Bradley from the 2013-14 squad, and will likely be rebuilding in Smith’s first season. Northwest’s girls’ team was 34-14 in Smith’s two seasons as head coach.

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