Mose Phillips has gone from being a Burro to a Topper to a Cobra.
Phillips has accepted the head football coaching position at Whites Creek High, where he replaces Anthony Law, who resigned last month. The energetic Phillips, a former star quarterback at Hillsboro, then later at the University of Tennessee, was an assistant with the Burros for several years before taking the Hillwood High job.
He was head coach for three years for the Toppers — but his goal to turn the program around there did not bear fruit. Now, he'll work to preserve White Creek's winning tradition.
“I’m very excited to be at Whites Creek,’’ Phillips, 37, said on Thursday. “They have established great tradition over the years, and I hope to be able to continue that.
“The people over here expect playoff appearances every year and rightfully so … and I know I have the total commitment from everyone here to make this the most successful program the Cobras can possibly be.’’
Last year, Whites Creek reached the semis of the state 4A playoffs before the Cobras lost to Greeneville 21-14, one step short of the finals and finished 9-5. The Cobras lose standout senior players like quarterback Jay Booker and defensive back Marcus (Squeaky) Barnes but return some top young talent.
“When I was talking to some of the people over here, they were telling me that they have some of the top sophomores and juniors coming up that they’ve ever had,’’ he said. “It will be special to work with them and try to make that last step (in the playoffs).’’
Phillips’ teams were 4-26 in three seasons but the Toppers but showed some signs of improvement the past season (3-7) and had one player, Max Ugboaja, sign with MTSU.
Asked if he had spoken with Law since taking the job, Phillips said, “Anthony and I are good friends, and he’s been very helpful in giving me some of the ins and the outs of the program. He said he’ll be a helpful as he can be.’’
Law continues to teach at the school.
• Hillsboro QB Greg Young, one of the leaders on the Burros 5A state championship team in ’08 and a standout in their playoff season in ’09, has signed with Lindsey-Wilson College in Kentucky.
• St. Cecilia Academy standout junior Natalie Goodrum has been named to the DII-A Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state soccer team.