Lenox excited to be new Stonewall boys basketball coach

Mike Lenox --Stonewall Basketball coach Rich Cooley/Daily

QUICKSBURG –In high school, Mike Lenox loved playing basketball every bit as much as he did baseball. So it’s not much of a surprise that Lenox, the Stonewall Jackson baseball coach, was happy to recently be named the new Generals’ boys basketball coach.

“I’ve always had a passion for basketball,” Lenox said on Friday. “I coached football (at Stonewall Jackson) last year and I played football, but my main passion was basketball in high school, a little bit more than baseball was to be honest.”

Lenox, a graduate of Courtland High School in Fredericksburg, said he played on some successful basketball teams in high school.

Lenox replaces David Fowler, who stepped down after a year as head coach in March.

“I’m very excited about it,” Lenox said. “I’m looking forward to doing the same thing with the program that I did with the baseball program.”

Stonewall Jackson plays at Riverheads today in the Conference 44 baseball tournament semifinals.

Stonewall Jackson athletic director Todd Fannin said that he had nine applicants and interviewed five candidates for the job.

Fannin said he thinks Lenox is a great fit for the position.

“Coach Lenox is a solid head coach,” Fannin said. “Coaching is a lot like teaching — if you’re good at it, you’re good at it. You know how to do it. He’s well respected by the kids. He knows how to stabilize and progress a program, and we have high hopes for the kids we have in the school and he gave us the best opportunity for that.”

Fannin said it helps that Lenox is already a coach in another sport and is a teacher at the school.

The Generals went 2-19 last season, but did play some close games in the competitive Shenandoah District as the season went on.

“Hopefully we can pick up where they left off last year,” Lenox said. “They made improvements last year. They played very hard last year, and I hope to take that same work ethic that the coach instilled in them and move it forward.”

Stonewall Jackson had only eight players on the roster for much of the season. Lenox said he’s already had quite a few of his baseball players say they were going to try out for the basketball team next season, and they’re excited about it.

Lenox said that Jeremy Knight, who is the junior varsity baseball coach will be his assistant coach for basketball as well.

Lenox said that once the baseball season is over they will have a team meeting and start to organize some open gyms for the players.

Lenox, who will be the third coach for the boys basketball program in three years, said he wasn’t sure what style of play they would have, but the most important thing is he wants the players to work hard.

“I can tell you right now I’m a contemporary,” Lenox said. “…I think if you do the right things right, and the little things right, then I think it takes care of itself as far as the X’s and O’s.”

Lenox said he wants to get more kids interested in playing and to take the program to a higher level.

“I just want to start to build the program back up,” Lenox said. “I’m not saying it was in a terrible place because it wasn’t. I’m just trying to bring that camaraderie back to the program and that school spirit that we all want.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com