Lakeridge High School announced on Thursday, Feb. 6, that it had hired Spencer Phillips as its new head football coach.
Phillips, 29, comes to Lakeridge after serving the past four years on the coaching staff of the Philadelphia Eagles — including the team's 2018 Super Bowl championship season — most recently as assistant quarterbacks coach.
"I've been playing or coaching football my entire life," Phillips said in a press release from Lakeridge High School. "I started playing catch with my father before I can remember, was fortunate enough to play at the college level and was blessed enough to have been a part of the Super Bowl LII championship team."
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Prior to his work with the Eagles, Phillips served in various capacities as an assistant coach at Samford University, Compton College and McKinleyville High School. He is an Oregon native who grew up in Eugene and played football at Willamette High School, and later, at West Los Angeles College, Murray State and Humboldt State, where he earned varsity letters as a quarterback.
According to the press release from Lakeridge, Phillips is "excited to move permanently to the Portland metropolitan area where he and his wife have a home."
"It's my calling to help others through this wonderful game."
— Spencer Phillips
According to Pro Football History.com, "Spencer Phillips is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the assistant quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles since 2019. Before moving into this role on the Eagles he held three other positions with the team. His previous position was as the team's assistant quarterbacks coach/offensive quality control coach for one season. He began his stint with the Eagles in 2017 as the coaching assistant."
Phillips succeeds interim coach Forrest Sherman who led the Pacers through the 2019 season. Lakeridge went 5-7 overall under Sherman, rallying from a 3-6 regular season to win twice in the Class 6A state playoffs and reach the quarterfinals. The Pacers upset No. 11 Beaverton and No. 6 Aloha in successive weeks, then pushed No. 3 Lake Oswego to the end in a 24-21 quarterfinal defeat.
Phillips said he is excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, coaching the sport he loves.
"Football has blessed my family with so many great opportunities," he said. "It's my calling to help others through this wonderful game."
Sherman, who previously served as Lakeridge defensive coordinator for two seasons, was selected as Lakeridge's interim coach in mid-August after former head coach Elvis Akpla left the team on July 31 to take a new job in a Missouri school district that had previously hired his fiancée.
Phillips comes to Lakeridge with a bachelor's degree in finance from Murray State and his MBA from Humboldt State.
Lakeridge shared that it will schedule a player/parent meeting "very soon as coach Phillips is eager to meet everyone and get started on the 2020 football season."
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