WAYNESBORO, GA – (True Citizen)
Edmund Burke Academy has made school history this year with three region wins in the same school year in football, boys basketball and baseball. Along with these wins, two out of the three coaches were named region coaches of the year for their respective sports.
Coach Aaron Phillips took the EBA Spartans to the GISA State Semi Finals in football after being named region champions. He was also named region coach of the year. This is Coach Phillips’ fourth time being named coach of the year.
“We have a winning tradition at Edmund Burke Academy. We expect excellence and leadership in the classroom as well as on the field. Each one of our teams are dedicated and give 1,000 percent in practice, and we play with that same passion and focus,” Phillips said.
Coach Evan Butcher led the boys Spartan basketball team to a region championship for the first time in 31 years.
In the first season as head coach of the Spartan baseball team, coach Jonathan Broxton sealed the region championship as well as region coach of the year. Broxton was drafted in the second round of the MLB draft and spent 12 seasons in the majors and was a two-time all-star.
“My first year coaching has gone better than I anticipated. It’s been great getting to teach these boys and sharing my love of the game with them,” he said. “It’s really been a very rewarding experience. Of course winning region is always the goal at the beginning of the season and it’s a great feeling to accomplish that. I can’t take all of the credit though; all of the guys work hard for me every practice and game. Each player has stepped up and contributed to our region win. I’m proud of them and all the hard work we have all put in to get to this point. Being named coach of the year is quite an honor. With this being my first year coaching, it makes this award even more special and I’m very appreciative. Knowing that others think I have done a good job coaching my group of players is really satisfying. I couldn’t be coach of the year without the players behind me. We push each other to be the best we can.”
The Spartans head to Mercer University in Macon this weekend to play in the state championship game against Terrell Academy. They’ll play Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with a third game to be determined.
This story first appeared in The True Citizen.