Athletic director/head football coach Craten Phillips is leaving the Garrison Bulldogs football program for Sonora High School. Phillips will become the new AD/football coach at Sonora.
The Sonora Broncos are a class 2A-division II football program located in West Texas along interstate I-10. They reached the state quarterfinals but lost to eventual champion Refugio in 2011. Something that was also important to Phillips, is that Sonora is closer to his family in Junction, Texas.
"Sonora is similar to garrison with their history, they have one five state championships, but the bonus is that it is close to home," said Phillips. "My family is from Junction so we are going to be 40 to 50 miles from them versus 400."
This decision to move on is coming after Phillips and the Bulldogs have reached the UIL class 1A state semi-finals in back to back seasons in 2011 and 2010. During his five years at Garrison Phillips was 40-18 overall.
"It has been a great experience for me and my family, its been a lot of fun," said Phillips. "We started off a little shaky but the last three seasons have made some runs and had fun with it."
Phillips admits that it was a tough decision to make the move. What made it particularly tough was that just days before he had signed an extension with Garrison.
"It was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make because it's easy to come to work at Garrison," said Phillips. "They have great kids and nice facilities, so that was hard to step away from. But I wish them the best moving forward and believe that they have a chance to be really good for a long time."
No word on possible replacements at this time for Garrison. We will keep you posted on any potential hirings on KTRE and KTRE.com