Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald Phillips to the position of head coach of the Ambridge Area Varsity Football Team for the 2019-2020 season.

Mr. Phillips brings with him to Ambridge over three decades of coaching experience. He most recently served as the Quarterback Coach at Geneva College, a position he has held since 2017. Prior to his position at Geneva College, he was the head football coach for the Ellwood City School District for eight years. He also has coached for Center Area School District, South Side School District, West Allegheny School District, Rochester School District and Monaca School District.

“I consider football to be an extension of the academic program,” said Mr. Phillips. “I am excited to work with the team and to help enhance their athletic experience.”

Mr. Phillips brings with him to Ambridge an impressive record, with several WPIAL championships under his belt at Ellwood City, Center and Rochester. He also was named Section III – AA Coach of the Year five times: in 1988, 1992, 1997, 1998 and 2016.

“I will bring to this position an intense commitment and a relentless dedication to developing a successful football program that reflects the pride, the enthusiasm, and the extreme level of excellence expected and demanded by the Ambridge Area School District,” said Mr. Phillips.

In addition to his coaching experience, Mr. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Geneva College and holds a Master of Education degree from Westminster College in Secondary Guidance. He is a native of Beaver.

“We are excited about the opportunity that Don brings to our football program,” said Ambridge Athletic Director Brian Miller. “We are looking forward to helping him build our program and generating more interest among our students in playing.”