Phillips Promoted to Associate Head Coach
April Phillips serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Lions.
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LOS ANGELES - As members of the LMU women's basketball team have returned to campus for their summer session of academics and training, Director of Athletics William Husak and Head Coach Charity Elliott announced Wednesday the promotion of April Phillips to Associate Head Coach.
Phillips, who made three NCAA Tournament appearances as a member of the Xavier Musketeers, played professionally overseas and has had coaching stints at Seton Hall, University of New Haven and Georgia Tech, enters her second year with the Lion program this coming 2016-17 season.
"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 has played a major roll in LMU's 2016 signing class, a group that is arguably the most touted class ever to sign at LMU. The class includes Cal transfer Gabby Green, Minnesota transfer Josie Buckingham and true freshmen Raychel Stanley (Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas) and Brittney Reed (Vista Murrieta HS).
"I want to thank Coach Elliott and Dr. Husak for lending his blessing, as well as our staff and student athletes who have embraced me in this new role as we move forward," said Phillips. "There is something very special going on at LMU right now. I am thrilled, blessed and thankful for this opportunity set forth by Coach Elliott and am fully prepared to grind through the trenches with her and for her as we turn the corner. When I look at our roster I am beyond excited for this group of young women and what they have the ability to accomplish here at LMU both on and off the floor."
Before arriving at LMU, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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