Todd Allen Phillips

October 30, 1960June 17, 2016
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Phillips, Todd Allen, 55, of Richmond Virginia, was fatally injured in an auto accident on Friday, June 17, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia. Todd was born on October 30, 1960 and was a graduate of Douglas Freeman high school in Richmond. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Math at the University of Richmond, and Masters of Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Todd is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 30 years, Kelly Wycall Phillips, sons Todd (TJ) and Trevor, parents Bob and Gail, sister Page O’Connor and her husband Billy, nieces and nephews, Meredith and Tanner Jennings, Kaela O’Connor, and Cadie Wycall, parents-in-law Ted and Kaye Wycall, sister-in-law Kim Parker and her husband Ted, brother-in-law Teddy Wycall and his wife Julia, as well as the entire Mills E Godwin High School family.

An avid basketball player and accomplished musician, Todd started his career as a nuclear power plant operator for Dominion Virginia Power. He began coaching boys basketball at Mills E Godwin High School in 1991 and in 2003 found his true calling as a math and AP teacher at Godwin. He was the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including PTSA Teacher of the Year, National Honor Society Teacher of the Year, Gilman Teacher of the Year, and the R.E.B Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Most recently, Todd was the founder and Director of Godwin’s Specialty Center for Medical Sciences, the 9th grade basketball coach, assistant coach for varsity basketball, the girls tennis assistant coach and the varsity math coach. Often referred to as “Bruce with a calculator” he participated every year in the school’s variety show, and was well known for his love of Star Wars and his spot on impressions of Forrest Gump. He encouraged his students to believe in themselves, celebrate their unique talents, and “embrace their inner nerd.” A beloved figure in the school and in the community, Todd was known for his dedication, caring, and sense of humor. He was an extraordinary educator, devoted father, and best friend and soul mate to his wife. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life for the Godwin community to honor Todd will be held on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm in the Godwin gymnasium. The family will receive visitors on Friday, June 24, from 3:14 pm to 7:00 pm at the Epiphany Lutheran Church at 1400 Horsepen Road in Richmond; funeral services will be held at the church on Saturday, June 25 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to the Coach T-Philly Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to Mills E Godwin High School, Attn: Coach T-Philly Memorial Fund, Henrico, VA 23238. For more information, contact the school at 804-750-2600.


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Visitation Friday, June 24, 2016
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 25, 2016

Todd Allen Phillips

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Angela Menna

January 5, 2017

Dear Phillips Family,
Mr. Phillips taught me a basic principle that opened my young mind to think smart: it's the quality of studying that matters, not the quantity. Saved me tears, brought me
much success, and I am still grateful to him for that this day. Thank you Mr. Phillips <3

Gene and Cindy Joseph

July 12, 2016

Kelly, I met Todd only a few times, but over the years I came to know him through you. I heard in your voice many times the deep love you both had for each other. I know he was a very good and active man that wanted to do great things for others and did them. I know too that he's been an incredible father that loved your boys very much and together you both brought them up to be good, strong young men. Cindy and I pray for you, TJ, and Trevor to find strength and peace from the love he brought to you, and to so many others. May God embrace him forever.

Renita DeStefano

June 30, 2016

Kelly - I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Sherman Taishoff

June 25, 2016

We were acorns together in Louisville at the AP Stats reading. He became a friend as well as a colleague. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Sherman Taishoff

Peter & Lisa de Groot

June 24, 2016

Kelly & Family, we are so sorry to hear of Todd's passing. A kind man that had an enormous impact on so many. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Peter & Lisa de Groot & Family

Leora Copeland

June 24, 2016

Todd was an amazing combination of great intelligence, character, creativity, and compassion - he truly made every life he touched better and I know he will be deeply missed. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Jeff Michel

June 24, 2016


Sorry for your loss and that of your family and our community. I've been praying for you.

My condolences,

Byrd Hennessee

June 24, 2016

Dear Kelly, Trevor, and TJ - we are so sorry to learn about Todd and your loss, you have our deepest sympathies
Byrd, Louise, Valerie, and Katie

Chas Jordan

June 24, 2016

I was deeply saddened when a former teammate of mine informed me of Todd's passing. Todd came into my life when he was a volunteer assistant for Godwin's 9th grade basketball team. Our head coach, Kelly Church, was a pretty intense guy, and Todd served as the perfect buffer. When Coach Church got into you for something, Todd was right there to translate the yelling and screaming into a more positive and constructive message. If you were having a tough practice, you could always count on Todd to give you the words of encouragement you needed hear. At the very least, he always had a witty comment that would elicit a smile or chuckle no matter how many line drills Coach Church was about to make us run. We practiced every morning from 6-8 a.m., and Coach Phillips graciously donated his time to help with practice. He often came dressed for work and would leave directly from practice to go to his job with Dominion Power. The fact he got up early every morning, as a volunteer coach, so that he could work with our team exemplifies Todd's heart and character. It's no surprise he became a teacher, and based on the outpouring of support, it's clear to see he found his true calling. It's been over 20 years since I last saw or spoke to Todd, yet when I heard the news, I was heartbroken. Todd's good nature and sincere interest in the wellbeing of others made a lasting impression on me, and I will carry his memory with me for years to come. I pray that Kelly, TJ, Trevor, and all of Todd's family can find the strength they need during this difficult time. Chas Jordan, Godwin Class of 1995

Doug and Bicki Cooke

June 24, 2016

Kelly, TJ, Trevor...Todd was a friend and an inspiration. The positive influence and impact he had on Douglas, and so many other young boys, was a gift. We could never find the words to express the admiration and appreciation we have for his selfless dedication to, and extraordinary calm and patience with, so many. Beyond the sports and life lessons he taught the boys, his care and protective nature of Emily was that which would rival a father. Todd is special, and we are so blessed he was a part of our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.