Head Coach Ty Phillips


  Coach Phillips is in his eighteenth year in secondary education as a Social Studies teacher.  Before joining the Roswell family in 2007, he spent the previous three years at North Springs High School in Fulton County and six years at Harrison High School in Cobb County.  An Atlanta native and Lakeside High School graduate, Coach Phillips attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina on a full basketball scholarship.

  During his four-year career, Presbyterian won the school's first two men's basketball conference titles and participated in the NAIA and NCAA Division II National Championships.  Following graduation, Coach Phillips served as both an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and the Director of Intramural Athletics at King College in Bristol, Tennessee, contributing to another conference championship and national tournament appearance.

  After earning teaching certification, Coach Phillips returned to Atlanta as the Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach at Harrison.  Competing in Georgia's largest classification, Harrison posted five top ten rankings and appeared in four state tournaments during his six years at the school.  In 2003, he was selected as an assistant coach with the North Squad for the GACA North-South State All-Star boys basketball game.  The next year, Coach Phillips was named Boys Varsity Head Coach at North Springs High School. During his 3 year tenure, North Springs doubled their win total and the infrastructure of the basketball program was rebuilt. 

  In eight seasons at Roswell, Coach Phillips has led the boys program back into state playoff contention and overseen completion of the boys basketball locker room, currently one of the best facilities in Georgia.  During the 2010-2011 season, the Hornets advanced to the Sweet 16 in the AAAAA state tournament.  Roswell appeared in state play for the first time in 8 seasons, and the Hornets won their first state tournament game since the 1997 state title season.  During the 2011-2012 campaign, Roswell posted their first winning season in a decade.  Senior Taylor Birchett became the school's first Division I signee since 2000 and Junior Sean Brennan was named to the Junior State All-Star Game.

  Through the 2012-2013 season Roswell continued its ascent as a program.  The Hornets entered the state rankings for the first time in a decade, they swept perennial power Wheeler in region play, and they advanced to play for the Region 6-AAAAAA title in addition to hosting a state tournament game.  Sean Brennan and Matt Beneduci both earned All-Region selections.  Brennan was named both Region 6-AAAAAA Player of the Year and All-State while signing a basketball scholarship with the University of North Florida, a NCAA Division I institution.  Beneduci signed a basketball scholarship with Eckerd College, a NCAA Division II institution.  Phillips was named both Region and North Fulton Coach of the Year.

  In 2013-2014 the Hornets posted their 3rd straight winning season while capturing the North Forsyth Tipoff Tournament title.  Senior Tyrone Sam was an All-Region selection.  For the first time in Roswell history, 5 senior boys basketball players committed to play college basketball.  Trey Houston signed with Hampton University, Anthony Hudson signed with the University of Alabama, Conner McKinley signed with Birmingham-Southern, Tyrone Sam signed with South Georgia State College, and Devin Smith signed with Wytheville College.

  Last season Roswell continued the trend of players moving on to play at the collegiate level.  Four seniors signed with different schools:  Malik Abdulgader - Piedmont, Tariq Abdulgader - Piedmont, Eric Jone - Rose-Hulman, Trent Markwith - Millsaps.  Senior Eric Jones was named to the All-Region team and Coach Phillips was selected as head coach for the South Team in the XL212 All-Star Game.  In just the last four years, 12 Hornets have moved on to play collegiately.

  In addition to teaching and coaching, Coach Phillips brought the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) program to Roswell in 2011.  SALT is an initiative of the IDEALS leadership organization in which coaches nominate student-athletes for SALT leadership training.  Roswell High School is currently the only SALT participant in Fulton County.

  Coach Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Presbyterian College.  He also holds a Masters of Education and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership & Administration from the University of West Georgia.

  Coach Phillips is married to the former Jennifer Lathem, a native of Canton, Georgia, who teaches high school mathematics.  The couple has a nine year old daughter, Palmer, and a six year old son, Trey.


Contact Coach Phillips:  phillipst@fultonschools.org