Boys Soccer Coaches Bio and Contact Information

Varsity Boys Head Coach: Phil Thomas

email address: philip.thomas@cherokee.k12.ga.us 

  • College – Presbyterian College, BA. History
  • 18th year as a Social Studies Teacher; 6 years as the Athletic Director (Centennial)
  • Playing: 1996-2000- Presbyterian College (South Carolina)
  • Coaching: 2000 – 2001 – Goalkeeper Coach (Centennial); 8-6-1
    • 2001-2002 – Boys Varsity Assistant Coach (Centennial); 14-4
    • 2003 – 2014 – Boys Varsity Head Coach (Centennial); 161-64-11; AJC Northside Coach of the Year: 2005; Region 6AAAAA Coach of the Year: 2009, 2010 & 2012; Region 6AAAAAA Coach of the Year: 2013; AAAAA DiVarsity Georgia Coach of the Year: 2012; AAAAAA DiVarsity Georgia Coach of the Year: 2013
    • 2014-2018- Boys Varsity Head Coach (Pope) 39-30-2; Career Record 200-94-14
    • 2013- 2014 – Director of Goalkeeping: Roswell Santos
    • 2005-2017- Senior Staff at Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy
    • 2014-present-Boys ECNL Director/Coach and Tournament Director: NASA Tophat

Varsity Assistant/JV Head Coach: Matthew Rice

email address: Matthew.Rice@cherokee.k12.ga.us

  • College: Kennesaw State University B.S. History Education
  • 9th year as a Social Studies Teacher
  • Coaching: 2010-2011 Interim Head girls coach (Woodstock) 9-6
  • 2011-2012- JV boys coach ( Woodstock )6-5-1
  • 2012-2015-JV Coach ( River Ridge) 20-9-5
  • 2016-2018-Varsity Girls ( River Ridge) 17-19-2
  • 2018-Present JV Boys ( River Ridge)