Won state championships at 3A Groveton (1989) and 5A Waxahachie (1992) with unbeaten teams en route to a career mark of 234-73-3. Also coached the Plano East squad that lost perhaps the most talked-about playoff game in history, 48-44, to John Tyler in the 1994 6A semifinals. PE recovered 3 onside kicks in the final 2 minutes and erased a 24-point deficit to take a 44-41 lead, but JT returned a kickoff 97 yards for the winning TD in the final seconds. Phillips said later he wanted to pooch it on final play of the ESPY Award-winning game, but deferred to his coaching staff and kicked deep. Phillips narrowly missed 3 other state titles, losing in the 1985 final and '87 semifinal (penetrations) at Groveton, and to eventual champ Stephenville in the '93 semis (22-21) at Waxahachie. Made playoffs 20 times in his first 23 seasons as head coach, winning district co-championships in 2 of 3 non-playoff years. Overall playoff record including stops at High Island and Plano East was 41-16-1, but 9-year run at Groveton and Waxahachie (1985-93) was a stellar 31-5-1.
Groveton/ Waxahachie/ Plano East