After two years of coaching the East St. Louis High School boys basketball program, Phillip Gilbert has a new job and a new outlook.
Gilbert, 35, has been named athletic director at Madison High School, taking over for Gerard Moore, who earlier this spring was hired as the new boys basketball coach at Granite City High School.
“It’s an opportunity. It’s a new opportunity that I am blessed to have,” Gilbert said Friday “The administration and Superintendent Dr.Warletta Brookins are high on academics, first and foremost, but they are also high on athletics.
“Madison is a school rich in tradition. I am looking forward to the challenge of adding to that tradition through athletics.”
A 2000 graduate of East St. Louis, Gilbert takes over a Madison High School athletic department that recently hired hometown hero and longtime professional basketball player Maurice Baker to be its boys basketball coach. The Class 1A Trojans, who compete as an independent, will also field a varsity football program for the first time in nearly 30 years.
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