Just as workouts are beginning ahead of his second season, Wilmington High football coach Brandon Phillian is still being recognized for his first campaign.

Phillian was named the West Penn Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year yesterday after he led the Greyhounds to a 13-2 record and appearance in the PIAA Class 2A championship game in his first season as a head coach. The WPFCA, in a release, said the coach of the year is chosen by peers for excellence on the field as well as dedication and service to impacting lives of players. 

Phillian was hired in January 2018 to take over for Terry Verrelli, who retired with 314 career wins over a 40-year career after leading the ’Hounds to the 2017 Class 2A state championship game. In his first season, Phillian continued the program’s success and led the team to a region championship, District 10 championship and another appearance in the state title game, a 49-14 loss to Southern Columbia. 

A 2005 graduate of Wilmington, Phillian joined the coaching staff at his alma mater in 2007 while attending Westminster College. He graduated from Westminster in 2009 and earned the defensive coordinator title in 2012 on Verrelli’s staff.

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