In seven 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.
Last season 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, 3 senior boys basketball players committed to play college basketball. Conner McKinley signed with Birmingham-Southern, Tyrone Sam signed with South Georgia State College, and Devin Smith signed with Wytheville College.
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 an eight year old daughter, Palmer, and a five year old son, Trey.
Contact Coach Phillips: email@example.com