Excessive College Soccer: Troy McAllister leaves Phillips to take over Sandburg
Troy McAllister, the only Public League coach to win a state soccer championship, has left Phillips to take over at Sandburg.
“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity in Sandburg,” said McAllister. “It’s a Grade 8A program that takes part in what is probably the toughest public school conference in the state. There’s never a good time to go, but it was the right moment for me to take a step and advance my professional career. “
McAllister was 94-28 in 11 years with the Wildcats. He led Phillips to the state championship of class 4A in 2015/16 and to the state championship of class 5A in 2017/18. These are the only state football titles in the history of the Public League.
McAllister won a Gatorade-sponsored national coaching award in 2018. The Phillips program has been the face of the Public League for nearly a decade. McAllister said he was leaving the team in good hands. Joe Winslow, the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator for 10 years, will take over as coach.
“Joe was a quarterback for the Dunbar Town Championship,” said McAllister. “He deserved it and he deserved it. He’s going to do great things at Phillips. “
The last year has been emotional and challenging for every football program in the region, but especially for Phillips. Longtime defensive coordinator Mike Larson, one of McAllister’s best friends, died in January.
“You try to put the emotions aside when making decisions, but obviously everything that has happened in the last year is taking a toll and changing your job,” said McAllister. “The loss of [Larson] Sometimes, when you put things in perspective, you need to take advantage of the opportunities that arise. “
Sandburg was 1-5 last season under coach Scott Peters, who resigned. The Eagles were once a powerhouse but haven’t qualified for the playoffs in five years.
“Troy’s commitment to maintaining positive experiences for student athletes was evident throughout our process,” said Sandburg’s director Derrick Smith. “He values developing players’ soccer skills, but has also created impressive learning opportunities that support character development and real-life skills.”