The Academy of the Holy Cross has hired Bob Cox, Our Lady of Good Counsel’s longtime girls’ basketball junior varsity coach, to take over its varsity team.
“I’m looking forward to the competition,” said Cox, who worked under Good Counsel coach Tom Splaine. “I’ve seen most of these varsity coaches and how they coach, and I’m just looking forward to competing against some of the best coaches in the country.”
Cox, 61, compiled more than 290 victories and about 70 losses in 17 seasons coaching junior varsity with the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference school, he said. A Gaithersburg resident, Cox has coached at various levels, including recreational league and Amateur Athletic Union. He coached the Maryland Flames, an AAU team that featured multiple Division I players and qualified for nationals.
“He has a wealth of experience in the WCAC, one of the most highly competitive leagues. He has never had a losing seasons since he started coaching there,” Holy Cross Athletic Director Lisa Schrader said. “.. We just felt like he was the best fit for the school.”
Cox replaces Clyde Singleton, who was let go after leading the Tartans to a 14-14 record in his one season as coach.
Singleton coached junior varsity for two seasons and was the varsity assistant in 2012 before being promoted to varsity coach. He said that he and the school had differences in philisophy, with the school not willing to spend enough money on the basketball program.
“My visions and their visions were completely different,” Singleton said.
Cox said he wants to build a model similar to Good Counsel’s, where the freshman and junior varsity teams feed into the varsity program. Holy Cross has not had a freshman team the past few seasons and is currently looking for a coach, he said.
The Tartans went 11-8 in the WCAC with seniors Jillian Dunston (13.4 points) and Rhamat Alhassan (12.4) leading the team in scoring. Cox said he wants to emphasize fundamentals and defense as Holy Cross attempts to win its first WCAC title since 2007.
“That was my signature at the JV level: 100 percent commitment to the team, and team defense,” he said.
Cox will be joined by Steve Winter and Emily Bowles, who were both assistants with Good Counsel.
“I’m there to win for Holy cross and for the girls,” said Cox, whose son and daughter played at Good Counsel. “It’ll just be different.”
— Eric Goldwein