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Belgrade's Rick Phillips resigns as Panthers' athletic director

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 18:07:49-04

BELGRADE -- Belgrade activities director Rick Phillips has resigned from his position MTN Sports confirmed on Thursday.

Phillips has accepted a job to become the athletic director for Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Wash., just south of Seattle, as first reported by The Belgrade News.

For the past 11 years, Phillips has led the Panthers' athletic programs and most recently spearheaded its jump in classification from Class A to Class AA this past school year.

The move to Washington will be a change for Phillips in more than just location. Todd Beamer High School has approximately 1,600 students, while Belgrade High School has a little more than 900 in its building.

In 2014, Phillips was awarded the Montana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's Activities Director of the Year. Currently, Phillips is the President of the MIAAA.

Along with searching for Phillips' replacement, Belgrade School District also has open varsity positions for the head boys soccer, boys basketball, volleyball and wrestling coaches.