Head Coach Charity Elliott To Lead Clinic This Saturday, October 14
April Phillips serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Lions.
April Phillips played at Xavier and has coached at Seton Hall, University of New Haven and Georgia Tech.
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"April is a superstar in this business," said Elliott. "She has come in and made an immediate impact both on the floor and in the recruiting arena. She is passionate about LMU, this program and our players and I'm so excited to reward her with this promotion. She has done such a great job connecting with players, parents and recruits and we have already seen the payoffs of her being our recruiting coordinator."
Phillips spent the 2014-15 season as a graduate manager at Georgia Tech and the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at the university of New Haven. Prior to working with the New Haven Chargers, Phillips served as Coordinator of Basketball Operations at Seton Hall University. During her time at Seton Hall, Phillips' direct responsibilities included assisting Hall of Fame head coach Anne Donovan with practice planning, recruiting, student-athlete welfare and other day-to-day operations.
Phillips was the co-president and head trainer and coach at S&A Next Level Basketball, an organization that runs NCAA-certified women's leagues in addition to various clinics and camps from 2010-13. She served as the general manager of basketball operations of Sportsplus in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 2010-11, where her responsibilities included marketing of basketball leagues, camps and training. Phillips is also a certified basketball official and has coached players from both the high school and collegiate ranks.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Phillips began her collegiate basketball career at Georgia Tech, playing for the Yellow Jackets during the 2005-06 season. She averaged 3.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game. Following her freshman year, Phillips transferred to Xavier where she played women's basketball and competed in track and field. Throughout her college career, Phillips averaged 6.6 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game. She was named to the All-Atlantic 10 third team her senior season and owns the school's outdoor shot put record as a member of the track and field team.
Phillips is no stranger to postseason play, having advanced to the NCAA Tournament with Xavier all three years of her career. Phillips was a part of the squad that won the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2008 and 2010 and aided the Musketeers to an Elite 8 appearance in 2010. She earned the Thomas E Saddler Award in 2010, given to the Xavier student-athlete who exhibits the ideal student-athlete Xavier, including hard work and enthusiasm.
After graduating from Xavier with a degree in Business Information Systems and minors in Communication and Gender & Diversity Studies, Phillips was invited to preseason camp with the New York Liberty of the WNBA. She played professionally in Israel, Finland and Belgium.
Phillips prepped at Narbonne High School and Long Beach Poly High School, while also playing club ball for OGDL and Cal Sparks. She was a wo-time Nike All-American and twice named a Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American. She was named the nation's sixth-best wing player according to the 2004 All Star Girls Report and was also named one of the top 250 seniors in the Class of 2005, according to the same publication.
Phillips was a member of the USA Developmental Hoop Festival Champion Team in 2004, was named to the Press Telegram Dream Team in 2004, the Press Telegram All-Star Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and the L.A. Times All Star Team in 2005. She earned MVP honors at the Tennessee River City Classic while earning the honor of Best All-Around Player at her high school. She led Long Beach Poly to the Moore League Championship during her junior year and helped the team to runner-up honors in the region championship.
Phillips also excelled at track and field, finishing fourth in the state in the shot put while leading her team to the state championship in her junior year. She was named all-state in track and field in 2004 and 2005, and won the California Legislative Sports Award for Track and Field. She also earned a Pursuit of Excellence Student-Athlete Medallion in 2005.
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