Jasper City Schools recently welcomed Philip Bailey to serve as a strength and conditioning coach for their athletes.Bailey will be responsible for strength and conditioning training for every …
Jasper City Schools recently welcomed Philip Bailey to serve as a strength and conditioning coach for their athletes.
Bailey will be responsible for strength and conditioning training for every athlete in seventh and eighth grades, and he will work with every football player in grades seven through 12.
A native of Auburn, Bailey graduated from Lee Scott Academy. He then received his undergraduate degree from Huntingdon College and his masters degree from Georgia Southern University. It was in high school at Lee Scott Academy that Bailey first met Bryan Moore, who was hired in January as Jasper High’s new head football coach. Moore once worked at Auburn University and made visits to Bailey’s high school.
After Bailey’s college graduation, he taught and coached football at a high school in Montgomery for eight months. He then made the move to Maryville College in Tennessee, where he was an offensive coordinator and director of strength and conditioning for the college for five years.
Bailey reconnected with Moore in 2015, and even worked with him at Eufaula High School.
“It was time to get back closer to home and closer to family,” Bailey said. “Coach Moore got the job here [in Jasper], and gave me an opportunity to come up here and join him.”
Bailey said he loves being in Jasper and looks forward to working year-round with students to ensure they perform to the best of their abilities. He said making sure students have a great deal of strength is just one part of the process in achieving endurance. He says there’s also a focus on injury prevention, mental awareness and flexibility.
“A healthy athlete is one that is functional. They can move, they can bend. Having functional strength is important. Strength is the most useful adaptation that our bodies can have. You can’t be explosive if you’re not strong,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. It’s that level of focus, and it’s your passion that you bring in that room everyday that’s going to separate you.”
He said it was “God’s plan” that led him on a new journey at Jasper High School, and he holds strong to his faith as a coach and leader.
“I’ve always said that there’s a way we approach strength and conditioning. There’s four facets: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. That’s how you’ve got to grow your kids,” Bailey said. “If you’re not pouring into them in that way or giving them that, I think you’re kind of missing the boat as far as unlocking potential. I let them know that I don’t have all the answers, but I know who does.”
Bailey is married to his wife, Molly, and they have two sons, Cooper, 4, and Wallace, 1. His ultimate career goal is to be a head football coach, but he wants to continue growing professionally . He says he’s thankful to Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson, Jasper High Principal Bart Reeves and Coach Moore for giving him the opportunity to serve the school system.
“I always knew I wanted to coach. I was extremely blessed and fortunate when I went to Huntingdon College to be around some men that absolutely changed my life, as far as their influence on me. That’s really why I got into it, because if I can do for somebody what those guys did for me, then I feel like I would be doing OK,” he said. “It’s a tremendous responsibility to be a strength coach, because you’re going to spend more time around that team than probably anybody else, but I like it because you get to develop relationships with every kid on the team, which is something I’ve always really enjoyed.”