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Phillips Resigns After Seven Seasons at AE

Phillips Resigns After Seven Seasons at AE

After seven seasons as the head coach at his Alma mater, Jeff Phillips has resigned as head football coach at Austin East.

Phillips confirmed the news on Twitter and he and his wife will be moving out of state to Georgia to pursue job opportunities.

“I enjoyed it and accomplished everything but one thing which was a state title,” Phillips said.


“I’m very thankful for everyone that supported me and believed in a young head coach giving me that opportunity and the community needs to buy in to what they want and they can have it with hard work.


Phillips played on the 2001 Class 3A state championship team as the Roadrunners beat Crockett County.

In his seven years at AE, the Roadrunners have made five consecutive playoff appearances in two different classifications (2015 and 2016 in 2A, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in 3A).

“Jeff is a great coach and he really cared about his student athletes and wanted the best for them and the football program at Austin East.  He is going to be very difficult to replace. Established that he wanted a top-flight football program and he made it (his vision) come to fruition. In addition, he stressed that he wanted student athletes, and he saw them as more than just football players. He wanted them to develop into excellent young men,” Austin East principal Nathan Langlois said.


The Roadrunners have made the 3A Quarterfinals the last three seasons and made the 2A semifinals in 2016.

Currently there are seven schools looking for a head coach they are: Austin East, Fayette Ware, Sycamore, Whites Creek, The Webb School, West Greene and Whitwell

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

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