CHS Staff Report
Hamilton High School has named Phil Koops as the new Varsity Football Coach. Koops, a 2005 Hamilton graduate, gradually climbed the coaching ladder from serving as an 8th Grade Offensive Coordinator in Plymouth, Indiana from 2009-2011 to serving as the Offensive Coordinator of his alma mater Hamilton High School last season.
“I’m very excited and humbled to be selected to lead the Hamilton Football Program” said Koops. “Football has given me so much in my life and I feel very privileged to be in a position to give back to the game and the Hamilton Community.”
“We are excited for Coach Koops to lead our football program” said Hamilton Athletic Director Jordan Bandstra. “He set himself apart during the interview process by being able to clearly define what his plan was for our football program. Varsity through Rocket, he understands that relationships drive success. He is passionate about using football as a tool to build young men and has a plan to engage the school and community during the process.”
Koops played for the Hawkeyes from 2001 to 2004. He moved on to play for Olivet College from 2005-2008. He coached at Plymouth’s Lincoln Junior High School from 2009-2011 as the 8th grade Offensive Coordinator and was also involved in 2-a-days and Friday nights at the high school level. He then served as an offensive varsity assistant from 2012-2016 at Plymouth High School coaching the QB’s and Fullbacks. They were 61-26 at Plymouth during his time there while averaging 32 points per game. Koops returned to teaching and coaching at Hamilton in 2017. He served as an offensive assistant in 2017 and spent last season as the Offensive Coordinator for the Hawkeyes.
Koops is further humbled to take the reigns from one of his personal mentors. “I would like to especially thank Chris Myers for all he has done to make football what it is in Hamilton” explained Koops. “Chris was my high school coach and an inspirational figure in my life. I would not be teaching and coaching today if it were not for him.”
Myers, who led Hamilton Football for 15 years over two stints, left with a coaching record of 89 – 62. Hamilton won Conference titles three times (2003, 2005, 2009) under his leadership. The Hawkeyes won their only District Championship by defeating Plainwell 35-21 in Myers’ first season. During Myers’ tenure as head coach, Hamilton qualified for the state playoffs nine times (2001-2005, 2008-2009, 2012, 2016).
Hamilton is coming off a 3-6 season while finishing in 6th Place in the OK-Green Conference.