Paul W. Phillips
Paul W. Phillips
Title: Kneller Athletic Center Supervisor
Phone: (508) 793-7430
Email: pphillips@clarku.edu
Year: 20th season
Alma Mater: Assumption College, 1976
  • 2017-18 will be his 20th season as Clark University’s Head Coach
  • 30th season overall as a head coach
  • With over 400 career wins, Phillips is one of the most successful and recognizable faces in collegiate basketball

Rebuilding A Program

  • Phillips first became the head coach of Clark in 1996-97, where he was assigned the task of resurrecting a once proud program
  • Over eight years (1996-04), Phillips lead the Cougars to both regional and national prominence
  • Record of 140-77 during this time
  • Four time NEWMAC regular season champions (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Back-to-back NCAA National Quarterfinal (Elite Eight) appearances in 2001-2002
  • Built the first men’s basketball dynasty of the NEWMAC era

Return of a Cougar

  • Returned to the head coach position in 2006-07
  • Four conference tournament appearances during this current 11-year span
  • Won the NEWMAC Tournament Championship in 2009-10

Post Season Prowess

  • Five trips to the NCAA Tournament (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010)
  • Back-to-back NCAA National Quarterfinal (Elite Eight) appearances in 2001-2002
  • Four NEWMAC regular season championships (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Four NEWMAC Conference Tournament championships (1999, 2001, 2003, 2010)—tied for most of any program in NEWMAC history
  • 11 appearances in the NEWMAC Conference Tournament, including ten straight appearances between 1999-10

Coach Phillips: Honors and Records

  • All-time leader in wins at Clark, entering the 2016-17 season with 251 wins
  • 1999-00 NEWMAC Coach of the Year
  • Over 400 career victories between Clark University and Anna Maria
  • In 18 seasons at Clark, holds a 251-223 record
  • Overall career record of 417-322 entering 2016-17

Success in 2010

  • Won the NEWMAC Conference Tournament as the fifth-seed
  • Defeated three higher seeds—including top-seeded and nationally-ranked MIT
  • Reached the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament

Win Number 400

  • A 71-70 win over Babson on January 29, 2014 gave Coach Phillips his 400 career win

The AMCAT Years

  • Head Coach of Anna Maria College for 10 seasons (1986-96) before coming to Clark
  • Reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and won a school record 25 games in 1996
  • Overall record of 166-99
  • Six Commonwealth Coast Conference regular season championships
  • Won 20 or more games four times

More Than Athletics

  • 1976 graduate of Assumption College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a teaching certification in history
  • Received his master’s degree in counseling from Worcester State University 1989
  • Spent 20 years as a teacher and guidance counselor at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass.

“Books First – Basketball Second”

  • Active member of the Clark community
  • Created the B1 – B2 clinics, which preach “Books First – Basketball Second”
  • Established a weekly reading program at Woodland Elementary
  • Introduced a math tutoring program at the University Park Campus School
  • For all his work in the community, Phillips received the John Lund Award in 1998 and the Thomas Jefferson Award from Worcester Public Schools in 2012

Family Man

  • Phillips resides in Shrewsbury with his wife Jane. They have two sons, Jeffrey and Jonathan—both Clark University graduates.

Season

Overall

Conference 

Postseason

2016-17 (Clark University) 13-12 5-9  
2015-16 (Clark University) 6-19 3-11 None
2014-15 (Clark University) 9-16 4-10 None
2013-14 (Clark University) 12-13 3-11 None
2012-13 (Clark University) 12-14 6-6 NEWMAC Quarterfinals
2011-12 (Clark University) 12-13 4-8 None
2010-11 (Clark University) 10-15 4-8 None
2009-10 (Clark University) 17-13 4-8 NCAA Tournament Second Round
2008-09 (Clark University) 10-16 4-8 NEWMAC Qurterfinals
2007-08 (Clark University) 12-13 7-5 NEWMAC Quarterfinals
2006-07 (Clark University) 11-14 5-7 NEWMAC Quarterfinals
2003-04 (Clark University) 13-12 8-4 NEWMAC Quarterfinals
2002-03 (Clark University) 21-7 10-2 NCAA Tournament First Round
2001-02 (Clark University) 23-6 11-1 NCAA Natonal Quarterfinals
2000-01 (Clark University) 24-5 11-1 NCAA Natonal Quarterfinals
1999-00 (Clark University) 19-9 8-4 ECAC Tournament Quarterfinals
1998-99 (Clark University) 18-9 10-2 NCAA Tournament First Round
1997-98 (Clark University) 11-15 ---  
1996-97 (Clark University) 11-14 ---  

19 Seasons

264-235

   
1995-96 (Anna Maria) 25-5    
1994-95 (Anna Maria) 18-9    
1993-94 (Anna Maria) 13-14    
1992-93 (Anna Maria) 21-6    
1991-92 (Anna Maria) 21-5    
1990-91 (Anna Maria) 20-8    
1989-90 (Anna Maria) 15-12    
1988-89 (Anna Maria) 10-14    
1987-88 (Anna Maria) 13-11    
1986-87 (Anna Maria) 10-15    

10 Seasons

166-99