Seaside Excessive College Soccer hires Michael Thompson as head coach
Michael Thompson has been hired as head coach on the beach, Bulldogs sporting director Khalilah Watson announced on Monday.
Thompson, 38, is taking on for Corey Phillips, who suffered a stroke while playing on the sideline last year. After a stay at a rehabilitation center in Augusta, Phillips is recovering at home.
As a former Memorial Day School star, Thompson became a standout linebacker at Georgia Southern. He had an impressive career as head coach at his high school alma mater, leading the athletics program to six GISA state football titles and two basketball crowns during an 11-year tenure.
“I am very grateful and humble to be in the position to practice football at Beach,” said Thompson, who was offensive coordinator under former Bulldogs longtime head coach Ulysses Hawthorne. “I really appreciate the district and the beach alumni and the administration for giving me this opportunity.”
Thompson is of Bulldog blood as his parents and brother are Beach graduates.
“I look forward to getting started,” said Thompson, whose hiring was approved by the school district. “I’m not worried about rebuilding the program now. We will continue to focus on being competitive – that is currently our goal. “
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Thompson said he stayed in touch with Phillips during his recovery from a stroke and that Phillips understands that he is still part of the program.
Phillips’ son, Ameer Phillips, an aspiring senior linebacker for the Bulldogs, will be team captain, Thompson said.
Corey Phillips said he is currently disabled and does not plan to return to work for the district, but he still loves Beach.
“I look at it like everything happens for a reason,” said Phillips. “I’ve been a supporter of Coach Thompson since Day 1. I will be a strong supporter of the team as I focus on getting healthier and doing the things I have to do.”
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Thompson said he plans to open a football clinic for local youth before the season starts and he will have a coaching staff who care about the community’s interests.
“We’re going to make the kids know that as a student athlete, you associate academics with athletics,” Thompson said. “Without one you cannot have the other.”
Dennis Knight reports on sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected] Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN