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story.lead_photo.caption Tony Phillips was announced Wednesday as the new boys basketball head coach at Jefferson City High School. Photo by Courtesy of Jefferson City High School athletic department

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The Jefferson City Jays will have a familiar face as the boys basketball head coach for the 2019-20 season.

The Jefferson City athletic department announced Wednesday that Tony Phillips has been promoted to head coach after spending last season as the Jays' assistant coach.

Phillips replaces Mark Anderson, who resigned in April to take the boys basketball head-coaching position at Boonville.

"Coach Phillips has a passion to see students succeed — both in and out of the classroom," Jefferson City High School activities director Chad Rizner said in a press release. "His competitive, yet caring, demeanor is sure to create a favorable culture for our boys basketball program."

The Jays finished with a 10-15 record last season.

Before coming to Jefferson City, Phillips spent three seasons as girls basketball head coach at Southern Boone, compiling a 61-26 record. He was named the Tri-County Conference coach of the year for the 2015-16 season after leading the Lady Eagles to a fourth-place finish in the Class 3 state tournament.

Phillips has also previously coached at New Bloomfield.


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