Phillips resigns as St. Marys head football coach after 3 seasons

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys football program will have a new head coach in 2014 — its fourth mentor in seven seasons — after Greg Phillips resigned from the position following a three-year stint.

The Roughriders went 4-26 in Phillips’ three seasons as head coach and lost 21 straight games to end his tenure.

Phillips took the St. Marys position in 2011, inheriting a team that went 1-9 the season before under Mark Hollars, who resigned following the 2010 season.

St. Marys went 4-6 in 2011, a three-game turnaround featuring the record-setting rushing season of D.J. Manning. St. Marys scored 24.3 points per game — a 14-point improvement over 2010’s total.

But  St. Marys went winless in both 2012 and 2013 with offense and defense that ranked in the bottom half of the Western Buckeye League both seasons.

Phillips came to St. Marys from Oak Hill, where he had led the program to a 10-0 regular season in 2008 and a 9-1 regular season and region final in 2010. Phillips said at the time of his hiring he brought a blue collar, hard-nosed ethic to the program after a long time working his way up through the coaching ranks in Southeast and Central Ohio.

But much like Phillips’ final season, his tenure never brought the hoped-for results.

St. Marys’ 2013 season started with two close calls with a three-point loss at Sidney and a one-point loss to Shawnee. The Roughriders were in games against Bath and Celina into the fourth quarter but couldn’t close the deal. Then came Defiance, where the Roughriders had a 17-point second-half lead disappear in an eventual 27-23 loss to the Bulldogs.

St. Marys lost to O-G 47-0 and to Van Wert 41-32 to end the season at 0-10.

The new coach will be the Roughriders’ fourth in six seasons. Doug Frye resigned following the 2008 season before taking the job at Wapakoneta two seasons later. Mark Hollars coached the Roughriders for two seasons in 2009 and 2010 before resigning.

Phillips’ resignation will be made official on Wednesday night at the board of education meeting. The meeting's agenda, which is published on Tuesday, included notice of Phillips' resignation. from his supplemental contract.