John Phillips (basketball coach)

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John Thomas Phillips (born February 6, 1947)[1] is a former college basketball coach and current head high school basketball coach for Summit Christian Academy. Phillips was hired as the head coach at the University of Tulsa after Buzz Peterson left to take the head coaching position with the Tennessee Volunteers.[2]

Assistant coaching career[edit]

Phillips started his assistant coaching career under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State, where he coached for two years.[2] Bill Self brought him onto his staff at Tulsa in his first season, and Phillips remained after Self left for the University of Illinois.[2] He helped coach Tulsa to a win in the 2001 National Invitation Tournament before being promoted to head coach.

Head coaching career[edit]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Tulsa (Western Athletic Conference) (2001–2004)
2001–2002 Tulsa 27–7 15–3 1st (tie) NCAA Second Round
2002–2003 Tulsa 23–10 12–6 2nd (tie) NCAA Second Round
2003–2004 Tulsa 9–20 5–13 8th (tie)
2004–2005 Tulsa 2–5 0–0
Tulsa: 61–42 32–22
Total: 61–42

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal life[edit]

John Phillips also coached high school sports for 16 years, most notably at Broken Arrow High School, where he coached in between his assistant coach roles at Oklahoma State and Tulsa and won a state championship.[3] Oklahoma State Senate Resolution 18 commends Phillips for his performance in leading Broken Arrow to the state championship and his previous postseason runs as a high school coach.[4]