Northwest High School basketball coach Robert Smith is headed back to the sidelines, this time with the boys’ varsity team, the school announced Wednesday.
Smith, 33, coached the girls’ varsity team for two seasons from 2009 to 2011 and has taught social studies at the Germantown school since 2006.
“He had a phenomenal record, he had a great rapport with the girls and he knows his stuff,” athletic director Anne Rossiter said. “... We’re very enthusiastic about having him.”
The Northwest boys’ team went 5-19 last season and its top two scorers — Rodney Snider and Xavier Bradley — are both seniors. The Jaguars have never reached a state tournament.
“I’m really looking forward to trying to turn over a new leaf,” Smith said.
Smith grew up in Montgomery County, playing basketball for four seasons at Poolesville (2000 alumnus) and later attending Salisbury University. He coached at Trinity Washington University from 2004 to 2006, then led Poolesville’s boys’ junior varsity team from 2006-07, he said.
Smith led the Northwest girls’ team to a 20-5 record and an appearance in the regional finals in 2011 before stepping down to spend time with his family, he said.
He replaces Usman Jamil, who was let go after compiling a 30-42 record in his three-year tenure. The Jaguars went 11-12 in Jamil’s first season and improved to 14-11 in 2012-13, before dropping to five wins this past season.
“It wasn’t going the way that we wanted things to go in regards to the boys,” Rossiter said.
— Eric Goldwein

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