ATLANTA (February 28, 2018) — Sue Phillips of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California, is the 2018 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association today.
Phillips will be presented with the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the legendary University of Tennessee coach, during the 2018 WBCA Convention, which will be held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Columbus, Ohio.
"The WBCA is proud to name Sue Phillips as the 2018 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year," said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. "Sue was selected as the winner by her peers after leading her team to an exceptional season. The WBCA recognizes and applauds her leadership example that can be seen in her student-athletes, school and community.”
Phillips has coached at Archbishop Mitty for 25 years. The Northwestern graduate has led the Monarchs to a perfect 24-0 record this season going into the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs. She has won 20 league, 19 Central Coast Section, 12 NorCal and six CIF state championships during her time at Archbishop Mitty. Her 1999 state championship team finished the season 31-0, and she was named the National High School Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports.
Phillips was awarded the USA Basketball’s Developmental Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. She served as the head coach for the USA Basketball U17 team that won the gold medal at the World Championships in 2014. Phillips has brought many students through her program who have gone on to successful careers in athletics, including Kerri Walsh-Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and Danielle Robinson, a three-time WNBA All-Star point guard for the Phoenix Mercury.
“We are proud to recognize Sue Philips as the 2018 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year ,” said Amanda Lamb, Global Marketing Director, Wilson Sporting Goods. “Congratulations on a well-deserved honor, and thank you for dedicating your life to the lives of student-athletes on and off of the court.”
The Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year is selected by a committee of coaches from among the coaches who are nominated by their peers. This year’s other nominees were:
· Jeff Jasper, Pascack Valley High School (Hillsdale, New Jersey)
· Bob Mackey, Christ the King High School (Middle Village, New York)
· Paul Runey, Bishop England High School (Charleston, South Carolina)
Visit www.wbca.org/recognize/ to see a list of past recipients.
About Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, is the world's leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment, apparel and accessories. As the Official Basketball of the NCAA® Championships, Global Game Ball of FIBA 3x3, Red Bull® Reign, and the preferred basketball of thousands of high school and youth basketball programs, Wilson brings more than 75-years of innovation in basketball to all levels of play and training. The Company uses player insights to develop products that push equipment innovation into new territories and empower athletes at every level to perform at their best. Please visit www.wilson.com for more information.
About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.
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