Jack Phillips has spent just two years in Baton Rouge’s high school football ranks. But his experience before coming to Baton Rouge and four years coaching in the area made Phillips the right choice to be the new head football coach at Glen Oaks High.

“My first year at Glen Oaks, he was on the staff as an assistant coach,” Glen Oaks Principal Edward Hunter said. “He made an impression on me then even though he was only here for a year.

“He was one of six applicants we interviewed, and I was most impressed with his plans for our players, not just athletically, but also academically. I think he’s got a plan that take our program in the right direction on and off the field.”

The 49-year-old New Orleans native is currently on staff at Scotlandville High and served as the Hornets’ defensive backs coach last fall. He was head coach at Park Forest Middle School in 2014, leading the team to a middle school championship and a 9-1 record after working as an assistant at GOHS in 2013.

“This is the kind of job I’ve had before — working to improve and build at an inner city school,” Phillips said. “This gives me a another chance to work and give back to a community.

“I enjoyed the year I had at Glen Oaks. We were able to win three games in a very tough league. There are challenges to be sure, but I look forward to taking those on and doing everything we can for the school and the community.”

Phillips is a 1985 graduate of J.S. Clark High in New Orleans. He went on to earn All-America honors as a defensive back at Alcorn State. Phillips was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and spent time on their developmental squad before moving on to an Arena Football career as a player and coach.

In 2004, Phillips was part of Pete Richardson’s Southern staff as a defensive backs coach. He left after a year to become defensive coordinator for an Arena team in Rockford, Ill. Phillips also worked as an coordinator for Yazoo City, Miss., High before eventually returning to Louisiana. He was an one 15 applicants to replace Donald Clark, who stepped down after three seasons. GOHS finished 1-9 last fall.

Phillips plans to meet with GOHS players later this week and then will begin working on getting players in the middle school ranks to join the Class 3A Panthers.

“We have a medical magnet program and other magnet courses,” Phillips said. “We need to get students who are interested in those programs, making sure they understand that medical magnet isn’t just about nursing.

“We need to showcase what the school has to offer on and off the field and make sure students from this area come here instead of going to other schools.”