Bill Phillips begins his first year as an assistant coach with the University of Delaware men's basketball staff in 2016-17.
Phillips spent the previous five years at CAA rival James Madison, including one as the staff’s director of operations and the next four as assistant coach. During his tenure at JMU Phillips assisted with off-campus recruiting, player development and the overall advancement of the program.
In his first year as an assistant, Phillips helped the Dukes win the CAA Tournament title, advance to their first NCAA Tournament since 1994, and post their first NCAA win in 30 years with a victory over LIU Brooklyn in the First Four.
Prior to arriving in Harrisonburg, Phillips spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach with Division II Philadelphia University, where he helped the Rams to a 15-12 record while working primarily with post player development.
Phillips began his collegiate playing career at William & Mary during the 1997-98 season, earning CAA All-Rookie honors after averaging 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He then transferred to Saint Joseph’s, where he enjoyed a stellar three years that included earning second team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Big 5 honors during his junior and senior campaigns.
Phillips helped the Hawks reach the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, before serving as captain of the 2001-02 squad that reached the second round of the Postseason NIT. He led SJU with 7.6 rebounds per game as a senior, while establishing a school record by hitting 49.5 percent of his three-point attempts. Phillips, who scored 1,007 points during his Hawks career and is currently fifth in school history with a 52.7 career field goal percentage, was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
A two-time Academic All-American, Phillips was named the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year in both 2000-01 and 2001-02. He graduated Cum Laude from Saint Joseph’s with a finance degree in 2001 and earned his master’s degree in financial services from the school in 2002.
Phillips then went on to play eight seasons of professional basketball at the international level, including stops with 10 different teams in France, Greece, Spain, Italy and Germany.
“I am very excited to welcome Bill to the Blue Hen family," said UD head coach Martin Ingelsby. "Bill has developed a strong reputation in the industry as a high level recruiter and I look forward to him working with and developing our frontline players. His playing and coaching experience along with his familiarity with the CAA make him a great asset to our basketball program.”
“I am really excited and extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the University of Delaware and Coach Ingelsby’s staff,” Phillips said. “Coach Ingelsby has a great vision for this program, and I’m ready to get to work and help him realize it.”
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