Phil Phillips, longtime Cass girls soccer and football assistant coach, died Thursday at his home in Cartersville. He was 65. Despite not being employed by the district, Phillips served as a Cass …
Phil Phillips, longtime Cass girls soccer and football assistant coach, died Thursday at his home in Cartersville. He was 65.
The cause of death was not yet public.
Despite not being employed by the district, Phillips served as a Cass community coach for 18 years. His obituary stated, "Throughout his coaching career, he found fulfillment through loving the players that he coached as his own."
Alisha Evans, public relations director of the Bartow County School System, noted his impact will be memoralized in some capacity moving forward.
"He definitely had a presence on our campus," she said. "We're working through that grieving process right now and planning a dedication for him that will be on our campus soon."
A native of New Orleans, Phillips — born Granville Louis Phillips Jr. — was married to his wife, Terri, for 21 years, according to his obit. He also had four children and four grandchildren.
"Staff members and students were notified today," Evans said Friday in regards to Phillips' passing. "... Counselors were on campus today to help any students and staff affected by his passing."
Phillips served on the staff of former Cass head football coach Bobby Hughes for all six seasons of Hughes' tenure. Hughes, who now serves as Colonels athletic coordinator, texted his thoughts on the impact Phillips had on him and the school.
"Terrible day for me personally and a terrible day for Cass High," Hughes said. "Coach Phil poured himself into our girls soccer program and our football program for a lot of years, and all of us are better people as a result of it.
"He is loved!"