Video: Troy McAllister talks about his move from Phillips Academy to Sandburg (Illinois)

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Below new Sandburg head coach Troy McAllister talks with High School Football America co-founder Jeff Fisher about his new job as the head coach of the Eagles.

A month ago, McAllister left Chicago’s Phillips Academy after leading the Wildcats to two Illinois high school football state championships. In 11 years at Phillips, McAllister led the Wildcats to a 94-28 record with a 4A state title in 2015 and a 5A title in 2017. The ’15 title was the first-ever for a Chicago Public League team.

Sandburg plays in one of the toughest public conferences in Illinois. The Southwest Suburban Conference Blue Division features Bolingbrook, Homewood-Flossmoor, Lincoln-Way East, Lockport and Sandburg.

Lincoln-Way East won the state’s 8A state championship in 2017 and 2019. In ’19, the Griffins finished No. 105 in the High School Football America national rankings. McAllister’s 2017 championship team at Phillips finished No. 70 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings.

Related: 2017 High School Football America 100

Sandburg is coming off a 1-5 spring season.

Troy McAllister, Sandburg head coach

In 2018, McAllister was recognized by Gatorade with its Excellence in Coaching Award.

2021 Sandburg Eagles Schedule

August 27 – vs. Prospect

September 3 – at Glenbrook South

September 10 – at Andrew

September 17 – vs. Boilingbrook

September 24 – vs. Lockport

October 1 – at Lincoln-Way East

October 8 – at Stagg

October 15 – vs. Homewood-Floosmoor

October 22 – vs. Lincoln-Way Central

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.