Kent Phillips played football for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Upon graduation, he was appointed Associate Professor at the university and continued his involvement with football as the coach of the Huskies.
Kent became heavily involved in the work of the Canadian Rugby Union, serving on several committees as well as the Executive. He was president of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1948.
Phillips was a founding member of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior Football League; served as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Executive; and was the first president of the Saskatoon Hilltops Junior Football Club in 1947.