Michael Phillips

Coach – Lady Bobcat Basketball

On top of being the Administrator for Bay City Christian School, Dr. Michael Phillips is also the Lady Bobcats Basketball Coach. He’s been coaching for more than 25 years after going to both basketball and volleyball coaching clinics. Dr. Phillips played 2 years of Varsity basketball in high school and 4 years intramural basketball and volleyball in college. He had the privilege of winning state soccer and basketball championships as a high school student, and that provides an incentive to help his athletes to be able to enjoy that same experience. And many of them have! Mr. Phillips had the privilege to coach the ladies for three of their five consecutive WACS state championships.

Dr. Phillips has found that coaching enhances his ministry with the student-athletes. Training them and helping them through intense competition, and also just enjoying friendly conversation with them, creates a unique bond that often opens the door to sharing Biblical truths for their everyday life. As he develops his players, he tries to nurture godliness, endurance, and hard work. One of the most important things he wants to teach his athletes is, “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31) Before every practice and game, the team recites Colossians 3:23-24, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Dr. Phillips has been married for more than 30 years. He and his wife Shellee have four children. He enjoys watching and participating in a variety of sports, and he also likes to ride his bike to school (8.4 miles) most days in the summer. The Phillips family enjoys visiting historical sites, especially those of Colonial America and the Civil War.

The purpose of the Bobcat athletic program is to further our mission of growing students toward spiritual maturity. I Timothy 4:12 reveals that there is value in physical exercise, but that it is temporal to this life. The superior pursuit is that of godliness which is eternal. God expects believers to do all things “heartily as to the Lord” and “to the glory of God (Colossians 3:23-24, I Corinthians 10:31.) These verses instruct us that any endeavor in which we are involved must be done with all of our mind and body for it is considered service to God.

Our desire is to present athletic teams that work hard in every practice and game, train for endurance and skill, and learn the strategy of the game in an effort to win every contest. Win or lose, our student-athletes must demonstrate Christlikeness, develop Biblical character qualities, and display Godliness before, during, and after every competition.

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