Pair of Metro football coaches stepping down

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 4:53pm

Two Metro football coaches, Whites Creek's Anthony Law and Hillwood's Mose Phillips, have resigned their positions.

The announcements come just days after the head coach at Battle Ground Academy resigned his post.

Law announced his resignation as head football coach on Tuesday.

“It’s due to personal reasons, which I’d rather not get into,’’ Law told The City Paper on Wednesday. Law will continue to teach at the school.

He had a 29-29 record in his five seasons with the Cobras, taking three of the five teams to the playoffs, including the last two. But his tenure put him at both ends of the coaching spectrum — his first team in 2005 went 11-2, but his '07 team finished 0-10.

His best finish was this past season when he took his team to the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs before losing to Greenville, finished 9-5 and was named The City Paper's co-coach of the year in Nashville.

Law was suspended by the school for one game in October for a sidelines incident during the Cobras game with Pearl-Cohn. Law however would not elaborate on whether that incident in any way contributed to his resignation.

“I want to say I appreciate having the opportunity to coach some wonderful young men at Whites Creek,’’ he said.

At Hillwood High, Phillips stepped down as head coach after three seasons.

The former Hillsboro High and Tennessee star back had a record of 4-26, which included his best team of 3-7 the past season. The Toppers had wins over Nashville Christian, Stratford and Cane Ridge.

Attempts to reach Phillips have been unsuccessful.

In a City Paper article last summer, school principal Steve Chauncey said that Phillips gave “our school and our team a great role model.’’

“He’s a coach that anyone would want their son to play for,” Chauncey said at the time

Coaching resumes for interested applicants for these two positions will be accepted by Metro Schools through Jan. 22.



4 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 1/6/10 at 3:58

What was once upon a time a dream job has become a nightmare in the MNPS system.

By: knilob on 1/7/10 at 9:11

What was once upon a time a dream job has become a nightmare in the MNPS system.

Are you talking about Hillwood or Whites Creek? If it's Hillwood, I think it has more to do with how that school has taken a turn for the worse. They haven't been able to bounce back since Myers left as principal.

By: Dore4Life on 1/7/10 at 10:57

Good luck to Mose Phillips going forward! They sure could use him again at HHS!

By: SirKnight on 1/7/10 at 1:10

I hate that we are losing Coach Phillips just as we were starting to see a recovery from some miserable seasons. I hope Coach didn't just give up on them and had some better opportunity offered him. It's hard to watch a great group of young men try so hard, but fail to win each and every season. They deserve better.