No stranger to the program, John Phillips was named assistant coach of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Champion VCU Golf team in May. He becomes the first full-time assistant in program history.
Phillips has served as both a graduate and volunteer assistant with the program since 2012, but his expanded duties will allow longtime VCU Head Coach Matt Ball to press ahead further in recruiting and in other vital areas.
A former All-Conference golfer at Bridgewater College as an undergraduate, Phillips is also a product of the VCU Center for Sport Leadership. He received his master's in Sport Leadership from the program in 2013.
"John is a great hire for us," said Ball. "I have known him since he was a kid growing up with my kids playing golf. I watched him win tournaments but most of all grow up into an energetic, knowledge hungry professional. John will make me a better coach and VCU a better golf team by allowing me to focus more on the things that make a difference in our processes leading to better results. This is a big step for VCU."
In his two seasons of affiliation with the VCU program, Phillips has helped steer the Rams to second and first place finishes at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
For the past year, Phillips has interned with the Virginia State Golf Association, where he organized and administered the 2013 VHSL Girls State Championship and several other qualifiers. He also helped administer a number of other VSGA Championships during his tenure, including the State Open of Virginia and the VSGA Junior Match Play Championship. He has also served as a caddie at the USGA National Championship and scored 90 on the USGA Rules Golf Test, said to be the highest ever for someone on the first try.
"John has become very proficient in tournament operations, is very technology savvy, very organized and very knowledgeable about both club repair and club fitting," Ball added. "There is no question that arises that he isn't eager to learn the answer to, and while he's a fairly quiet person, he's already gained the trust and respect of the guys on the team."
As a player, Phillips was a four-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection and guided Bridgewater to the 2010 ODAC team title and an appearance in that year's NCAA Division II Championship. A two-year captain, Phillips was named a Cleveland/Srixon Academic All-American in 2011 and 2012.