Ex-Hillwood coach takes Whites Creek job

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 8:53pm

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.




11 Comments on this post:

By: Dore4Life on 2/4/10 at 11:22

Congratulations to Mose Phillips! Good luck in turning Whites Creek into an MNPS football power for the long term!

Also, congratulations to Greg Young! Things don't always work out like you expect them to, but God is still in control, take advantage of every opportunity! Good luck at Lindsey Wilson!

By: frank brown on 2/5/10 at 8:37

Mose Phillips is a good man and a good coach. That is not necessarily the recipe for success at Hillwood High School.

Hillwood is an upper class gift to the ghetto.

By: Dore4Life on 2/5/10 at 9:20

I sure wish he had not withdrawn his name a year ago for the HHS job. Oh well, I know he will do at Whites Creek IF he is given any kind of support from the community.

Everyone knew he wasn't going to get any support from the Hillwood community when kids from the Pearl-Cohn community are the ones that make up Hillwood football.

By: real_frank_brown on 2/6/10 at 8:40

"frank brown" when you post your separatist drivel, post it with your own name, or "rich goose" or any of the other names that are not your own that you hide behind to post here. Coward.

By: frank brown on 2/6/10 at 11:03

REAL....How can you speak badly of me. I am almost sure that I remember your father as a student at NCI. He was a good man. I think the bitterness in you has affected your personality.

By: real_frank_brown on 2/6/10 at 2:14

What you call speaking badly of, I call pointing out the truth. Stop hiding behind my name. I have no bitterness. I do not have any tolerance for cowards that use my name and often make foolish posts with it.
Prove me wrong; that you are not a coward. Post your name here. You won't.

By: frank brown on 2/6/10 at 4:58

REAL...........Your father would not approve of your comment that my opinions are any more foolish than yours.

By: real_frank_brown on 2/6/10 at 5:35

What a stupid, cowardly statement to make. You are not giving your opinions. You are trying to give mine to the reading public by using my name. And my father would approve of me standing up against a childish coward whose makes inappropriate statements using my name.
As I said, you would not give your real name. You are a coward who often makes ignorant, sometimes racist, always negative, and usually moronic statements hiding behind a name you know not to be yours.
You were called out. You failed to step up to the challenge. You are a coward, hiding behind a name that is obviously better than yours. I do pity you, even though you do not deserve it. Your fetish with me should be embarrassing to you, but based on your posts, your ignorance does not afford you shame.

By: thefinalsay on 2/6/10 at 6:00

damn! Somebody has a new a$$hole.

By: frank brown on 2/7/10 at 8:03

REAL.......I feel your pain! You must remember however that you and you alone are responsible for the life situation that you now find yourself.

I am neither a bleeding heart nor a mercenary. I can assure you that my creating the pen name Frank Brown was never intended to be torment for you or anyone else with a personality disorder. Therefore as of this post the pen name "Frank Brown" and comments thereafter will cease to exist.

You may want to consider for health's sake having someone in your community that is familiar with the government free medical programs seek one that addresses your "situation"

By: real_frank_brown on 2/7/10 at 9:59

I hope you are a person of your word this time. You have said that before, and yet here you still post.
My life situation is wonderful sans any disorders, as you are fully aware. You try to portray something else for your own strange, sadistic reasons. Again, I pity you, but I do thank you for stopping the posting with my name. T.P.