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HLB parts ways with new football coach


H.L. Bourgeois High School has parted ways with head football coach Jack Phillips Jr.

H.L. Bourgeois Athletic Director Andrew Caillouet confirmed the move on Thursday, but he declined to comment on the reason for it.

Caillouet did say that the school thought it was in its best interest to part ways with Phillips, who coached indoor football in Houma from 2002-04 with the Bayou Bucks.

Phillips was named head football coach at H.L. Bourgeois in late December, and a week later Matthew Hodson was named the school’s new principal.

Hodson could not be reached for comment at the school on Thursday afternoon.

Phillips was chosen over five other candidates for the Braves’ vacant football job, which opened when former coach Ben Powell resigned during the 2012 season.

Phillips, who served as an assistant coach/teacher at Yazoo City High in Yazoo City, Miss., last season, said he was thrilled to move back to the Houma area and reestablish the connections he had in the community with the Bayou Bucks.

Phillips played college football at Alcorn State and was selected in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Phillips is the son of former longtime Carver-New Orleans High coach and former Grambling State player Jack Phillips Sr.

The Braves (2-8 overall last season) have gone 12-36 over the last five seasons, losing 23 straight district games.

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