Dear Regents community,
Over the past 23 years, Director of Athletics Beck Brydon has served Regents School of Austin in many capacities, including Varsity Head Football Coach for the last 20 years. Coach Brydon has had an outstanding career winning on the field and, most importantly, shepherding our student athletes in their walk with the Lord.
Today, it is bittersweet for me to share with you that Coach Brydon has decided to step aside as Varsity Head Football Coach to focus on leading the growing Regents Athletics program and “Redeeming Sports for Christ” at Regents in his continued role as Director of Athletics. Coach Brydon also plans to participate in the Colson Fellows Program beginning next fall to better equip him in integrating a robust Christian worldview and sport.
Coach Brydon has named current Regents Defensive Coordinator Tim Phillips as the new Varsity Head Football Coach. Coach Brydon will stay involved in Regents football by helping lead the middle school program.
Coach Brydon has had a tenure hard to match in Texas high school football. He helped start the Regents tackle football program in 1997 when it launched as an 11-man middle school program. In 2000, he was hired as our school’s first Varsity Head Football Coach for 6-man varsity football and then for 11-man varsity football starting in 2004. Over 20 seasons, Coach Brydon has a record of 197 wins to only 52 losses, and he led Regents to the playoffs all 20 years. His teams won 15 District Titles and played for 11 TAPPS State Championships, winning five of them (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010).
Coach Brydon wanted to share: Measuring the success of this program over the past 23 years is difficult. How do you measure the types of men, husbands, fathers, servants, leaders, neighbors, and community members that our players are, have, or will become? And while the scoreboard success has really been fun, it’s the journey that has made this special - the heat of August two-a-days, fathers and sons reconciling at our annual Father-Son-Coach retreat, Thursday love sessions, long bus rides, belly-flop contests, locker room discussions, watching coaches disciple our kids really well, witnessing some kids overcoming great personal adversity, meals together, the hugs, the laughter, the tears… so many great moments.
This day is both sad and exciting for me and my family. Our children were virtually born and raised on that football field, and many legacy Regents families have poured richly into our family over the years. We are also excited though, knowing that this program is in good hands. I have complete confidence in Coach Phillips. He is the right guy for the job at this time. I am looking forward to supporting him and our coaches as they lead our kids moving forward.
Tim Phillips has coached Regents football for nine seasons, most recently as Defensive Coordinator for the last four years. Coach Phillips played quarterback at Kent State University and coached football at the University of Kansas for nine seasons from 1988-1997. He is also a local businessman, and he and his wife Laurie are active at Austin Ridge Bible Church. They have three children, all of whom have attended Regents: Cece (‘16), Danny (‘18), and Charlie (‘20).
Coach Phillips shared: This football program has meant so much to me and my family for many years. I have loved serving our school in a coaching role and am excited to move the ball forward on this special program. When Coach Brydon says to you “I think you’re the guy to lead this thing forward,” there really is no bigger compliment. So I’m thankful for his confidence and belief in me.
The foundation of this program – loving and developing young men, leading others to Christ through the sport of football, and pursuing excellence on the field – will not change. My goals are not to change, but to advance this program’s success. How we do some things will be different, but the destination is the same.
Please join me in thanking Coach Brydon for his outstanding varsity football coaching career and congratulating Coach Phillips as he takes on this new role. We look forward to continuing to pursue excellence in our football program and redeeming all sports for God’s glory.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Head of School