Replacing a legend is never easy.
However, Phil Segroves is ready to take on that challenge.
The longtime Mt. Carmel High School assistant basketball coach and head freshman football coach, Segroves was named the Caravan’s new varsity basketball coach last month, replacing Mike Flaherty, who retired after amassing 760 victories in a 40-year career that included coaching jobs at Mendel and Thornridge high schools.
“Coach Flaherty would never say it, but he’s a legend. One of the great things for me is I had a chance to work underneath him and learn from one of the best coaches in state history. He was a great coach on the court, but he was also great at building strong relationships with his players,” said Segroves. “I’m really excited about the opportunity. I’ve been an assistant for close to 19 years here. I couldn’t be happier to lead these young men in the basketball program.”
Segroves is no stranger to the student-athletes at Mt. Carmel. He led the Caravan to an undefeated Catholic League crown in his first season and won four more conference titles at the freshman and sophomore levels. Most recently, Segroves coached the sophomore squad from 2011 to 2015 before taking a year off from coaching to spend more time with his wife and four sons; his youngest just turned 2.
Segroves will inherit a program coming off a 24-8 season that included Catholic League-South and regional championships. He is excited to continue to build on the success of that team
“These kids want to run the floor. That’s kind of what the game has evolved into. It’s not what it used to be like five, 10 or even 20 years ago,” said Segroves. “We are going to use our personnel to the best of our ability. We are going to run our stuff and be thorough, but we will also look to run and play good Catholic League defense.”
In addition to coaching basketball, Segroves has also been the head freshman football coach for more than a decade and also served as an assistant coach with the wrestling and baseball programs at times during his 19-year tenure at the school.
Segroves, of Beverly, has also worked in the Mt. Carmel development office for the last 19 years.
“Phil’s commitment to our Catholic Carmelite mission, passion for the game and more than two decades of experience in our community will make him a great fit for a growing program,” said Mt. Carmel Principal John Stimler in a news release.
Segroves credited his football coach at Bogan High School, Ken Bringe, the athletic director at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, with developing his passion for coaching. Segroves said Bringe was one of the first people he contacted after receiving the news that he got the job at Mt. Carmel.
Segroves isn’t wasting any time getting his team in action. The Caravan is competing in the South Suburban Summer League and will also play in shootouts at DePaul University, Addison Trail and Reed Custer.
Segroves and the Mt. Carmel basketball program will host a camp for second grade through incoming freshman students from June 27 to 30. For more information or to register, visit the Mt. Carmel athletic page on the school’s Web site at mchs.org.