Saul Phillips (basketball)

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Saul Phillips
Biographical details
Born (1972-10-11) October 11, 1972 (age 46)
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Platteville
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1997Wayne State (NE) (asst.)
1997–1999Lake Superior State (asst.)
1999–2001Milwaukee (asst.)
2004–2007North Dakota State (asst.)
2007–2014North Dakota State
2019–presentNorthern State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2001–2004Wisconsin (dir. operations)
Head coaching record
Overall206–145 (.587)
Accomplishments and honors
Summit League Tournament (2009, 2014)
Summit League regular season (2009, 2014)
2× Summit League Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)[1]

Saul Edward Phillips (born October 10, 1972[2]) is an American college basketball head coach who previously served as head coach for the Ohio Bobcats. Phillips is a graduate of University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

Coaching career[edit]

North Dakota State University[edit]

Phillips got his start at NDSU as an assistant coach under Tim Miles in 2004. When Miles left the school to coach Colorado State in 2007, Phillips was promoted to head coach.[3]

In 2009 Phillips led the North Dakota State Bison to win the Summit League tournament championship and became the first team since Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana–Lafayette) in 1972 to advance to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in their first year of eligibility. On January 17, 2013; Saul Phillips notched his 100th win with the Bison.

Phillips reached the NCAA tournament once again in 2014 after winning the Summit League tournament. Seeded 12th in the NCAA Tournament, the Bison upset 5th seeded Oklahoma in the second round 80-75,[4] then lost to 4th seeded San Diego State 44-63[5] in the third round. He is currently 4th on the all-time wins list in NDSU men's basketball history.

Ohio University[edit]

On April 6, 2014 Phillips agreed to become the 18th head coach of the Ohio Bobcats.[6]

On March 13, 2019, Phillips' contract was not renewed by Ohio after 5 seasons.[7]

Northern State University[edit]

On June 11, 2019, Phillips was named the head men's basketball coach at Northern State following the departure of Paul Sather [8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Dakota State Bison (The Summit League) (2007–2014)
2007–08 North Dakota State 16–13 10–8 4th
2008–09 North Dakota State 26–7 16–2 1st NCAA Round of 64
2009–10 North Dakota State 11–18 8–10 6th
2010–11 North Dakota State 14–15 8–10 7th
2011–12 North Dakota State 17–14 9–9 3rd
2012–13 North Dakota State 24–10 12–4 3rd CBI First Round
2013–14 North Dakota State 26–6 12–2 1st NCAA Round of 32
North Dakota State: 134–83 (.615) 75–45 (.625)
Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American Conference) (2014–2019)
2014–15 Ohio 10–20 5–13 6th (East)
2015–16 Ohio 23–12 11–7 2nd (East) CBI Semifinals
2016–17 Ohio 20–11 11–7 2nd (East)
2017–18 Ohio 14–17 7–11 T–4th (East)
2018–19 Ohio 14–17 6–12 6th (East)
Ohio: 81–77 (.513) 40–50 (.444)
Northern State (NSIC) (2019–present)
Total: 215–160 (.573)

      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

|- | style="background:#dddddd; border-bottom: 2px solid #aaaaaa;" colspan="9" align="center" | Northern State (NSIC) (2019–present)


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  7. ^ "Ohio Athletics Announces Change In Men's Basketball Leadership" (Press release). Ohio Bobcats. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
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