The man Phoebus wanted all along to replace Bill Dee as head football coach has finally been hired.
Stan Sexton, a longtime Phantom assistant before accepting the Warwick head position in 2005, will be taking over the defending Group AAA Division 5 championship program. Sexton coached the Raiders to a 23-19 record and two playoff appearances in four seasons.
"I'm just so excited to be able to go back where I played, where I graduated from, and where I started coaching," said Sexton, a 1983 Phoebus graduate. "I'm really looking forward to it. It had always been an inside dream of mine to go back."
Sexton, an assistant to Dee from 1991-2004, inherits a program that has won four state championships in eight years. The Phantoms lost seven Division I signees from last year's 15-0 team but return key contributors like fullback/linebacker Chaz Robinson, defensive end/tight end Daquan Romero, linebacker Caleb Taylor and running back/safety Colby Goodwyn.
Sexton was the one Phoebus wanted all along, but there was some question with recent budget cuts whether the school could find a teaching position for him. Sexton will be a physical education instructor.
"We're excited about having Stan back and we're happy to be able to make the selection," Phoebus assistant principal Kevin Davis said. "He knows the system and he knows the kids. He's been in the family before, and he's coming home."
Dee, Sexton's mentor and close friend, left Phoebus in January for an assistant coaching position at Christopher Newport. Dee went 215-64 in 24 seasons with the Phantoms, 98-9 over his last eight.
"He's a Phoebus guy," Dee said. "He played at Phoebus, he coached here for 14 years, and I feel good about him coming back. He learned his philosophy here and he'll keep the tradition going."
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