Phillips named new athletic director at Holy Trinity


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James Phillips, who has led the Holy Trinity boys soccer team to nine district titles and one state final four, has been named as the school's new athletic director.

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James Phillips has built the Holy Trinity boys soccer program into one of the most respected teams in Brevard County.

Now, he’s going to help the Tigers athletic department try to reach new heights, too.

Phillips was officially named Holy Trinity’s new athletic director on Monday, beating out a field that included 119 applicants and five  finalists.

He will take over for outgoing athletic director Scott Crockett, who has accepted the AD position at the Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic after four years at Holy Trinity. Crockett’s last day at the school is June 30.

Phillips, who has been at the school since 2006, currently serves as the head of Holy Trinity’s physical education department in addition to being the varsity boys soccer coach. He is also the director of select programs for the Space Coast United Soccer Club.

A former professional soccer player with Swindon Town Football Club in Swindon, England, Phillips has more than 20 years of experience coaching at the youth, high school and college levels.

The Holy Trinity boys soccer team has won nine district titles and in 2016 won the regional championship to advance to the Class 1A state final four for the first time in program history.

“It is truly an honor being named athletic director at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy,” James said in a statement released by the school.

“After 12 years in the PE department, I enter this new position with a deep love for this school and great enthusiasm for my new role. My goal is to build on the outstanding job Scott Crockett has done over the past four years.

“I’m looking forward to partnering with faculty, staff and coaches, but most importantly, with the talented student-athletes here at Holy Trinity to build the legacy of the Tigers for years to come.”

Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.

In a statement released by the school, Holy Trinity president Katherine Cobb said Phillips “rose to the top as the perfect candidate” to become the school’s new athletic director.

“We are proud to have James lead our outstanding coaching staff to continue to foster the HTEA commitment to scholarship, competition, and sportsmanship in our school community,” Cobb said.