Matt Phillips

Builder

Matt attended Pepperdine College in Los Angeles California from 1953 to 1956. Upon graduation, he was selected as a free agent by the BC Lions and played for one year as a defensive tackle.

Following his playing days Matt’s passion for football resulted in the creation of 4 football programs at Steveston, Cambie and London in the Richmond School District and in collaboration with an active parent group at Lord Tweedsmuir High School in Surrey. He also coached 3 years at Palmer Junior in Richmond as well as a year each at McRoberts and Richmond High School. While he currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach at Earl Marriott Secondary in Surrey, his past efforts have created have created opportunities for hundreds of young football players over the years and created a coaching legacy as more than 20 of his former players now coach in the high school and community football ranks.

In addition to his coaching career, Matt also officiated football for over 30 years and is the past president and honorary life member of the BCFOA and past president and honorary life member of the BCSSFA. Matt also received the BC School Sports honour Award, Football BC’s Builder Award and the 2011 Orange Helmet Pioneer Award.