Phillips to coach Berkmar
Norcross assistant replaces McWhorter

As of Friday afternoon, Berkmar has a new boys basketball coach and the Phillips family has another head coach.

Norcross assistant coach Greg Phillips was named the head boys coach at Berkmar, replacing the departed Tommy McWhorter, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Phillips may now go head-to-head on occasion with his older brother Ty, Roswell's head coach.

"(Ty) was an assistant at Harrison when I was at Kennesaw Mountain and that was a huge rivalry," said Phillips, who met with his new Berkmar players briefly Friday afternoon before flying out of town for a vacation. "(A game with Roswell) is not on (Berkmar's) schedule yet, but in the next year or two it will be."

Phillips, a 1996 graduate of Lakeside-DeKalb, played college basketball at Oglethorpe. He helped start programs at Kennesaw Mountain and Alpharetta before joining Eddie Martin's Norcross staff in 2005.

The Blue Devils won three state titles at the varsity level while Phillips was an assistant, while his ninth-grade teams won region titles in 2007 and 2008. His junior varsity team was 18-0 last season for the first time in school history and also won the 7-AAAAA title.

The 31-year-old hopes to keep that success going at Berkmar, which won the 2007-08 region championship and went 23-6. The Patriots went 13-12 and missed the state tournament last season after losing in the first round of the region tournament.

Berkmar also won state titles in 2000 and 2001.

"I've had a lot of respect for what (Berkmar's) done this decade, with back-to-back state titles and two years ago winning the region title," Phillips said. "They've had a very successful program, and Coach McWhorter has done a good job."

SideBar: The Phillips File

Name: Greg Phillips

New position: Berkmar head boys basketball coach

Former position: Assistant boys basketball coach at Norcross

Age: 31

Career record: First head coaching job

Education: Graduated from Lakeside-DeKalb High School in 1996; earned bachelor's degree in history from Oglethorpe University in 2000; received master's degree in educational leadership from West Georgia in 2004 and gifted certification from Gwinnett in 2006

Background: Played on Final Four basketball and tennis teams at Lakeside; played basketball at Oglethorpe; coached start-up programs at Kennesaw Mountain and Alpharetta; led Norcross to two ninth-grade and one JV region title the past three seasons; assistant coach for three Norcross state championship teams

Family: Single