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The North Oldham boys’ basketball team will have a new head coach when it takes the floor next season. Assistant coach Chris Strobaugh has been hired to replace David Henley.
Henley, who posted a 34-28 record during his two seasons at the school, decided to make a move to Eastern High and the Seventh Region earlier this summer.
That said, once the job became available, Strobaugh said there was no doubt was his next plan of action would be.
“I knew that was something I wanted to pursue,” he said, “so I applied and they went through the normal process and I was fortunate enough to be the one who was selected.”
He’ll have his work cut out for him early on as the team he inherits will start the season without four starters from last season’s 19-11 squad.
Still, with top scorer David Levitch returning, Strobaugh notes they’ll have a good base. That will be important as he expects to install a new offense with an increased focus on pace and decision-making.
“We’re going to be inexperienced but a lot of the kids have played for me previously so they know what to expect,” he said. “Offensively, I’m a motion guy, so we’re going to run a true motion offense where kids have a lot of responsibility. (That said,) I’m going to teach them how I want them to play, give them a lot of options and allow them to make decisions on the fly.”
Though he admits the process could take some time, it should be worth the wait.
“The things we’re going to do are going to be intricate and advanced so it will take the kids some time to pick it up,” Stoubaugh said. “It’s going to be a process, but I feel like when we get towards the end of the year, we’re going to be pretty good.”
The job will mark the second program Stobaugh has overseen after leading DeSales to a 21-10 record and an appearance in the Sixth Region Tournament final in the 2005-06 season.
He has served as an assistant coach at North Oldham for the past two seasons.
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