Sue Phillips served as the head coach of the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team that went on to compile a 7-0 record and capture the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship after defeating Spain, 77-75, on July 6, 2014.
“It’s one of those games where as a coach you’re really happy to win, but you feel for the other team because ultimately that game could have gone either way, and I really want to credit Spain for a fabulous game,” said Phillips after the USA gold-winning victory over Spain. “I feel very blessed that we’re on the winning side of things and so proud of the coaching staff and the players. It was just a great victory.”
Along with her 2013 and 2014 assistant coaches, Mary Coyle Klinger and Brian Robinson, Phillips guided the USA to a 5-0 record and a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico, and the first-place finish qualified the USA for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Prior to that, she led the USA West Team to a 2-3 record and a bronze medal in the 2003 USA Basketball Youth Developmental Festival, and she served on the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee.
Phillips recently completed her 21st season as the head coach at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., where she has compiled an overall record of 601-115 (.839 winning percentage), including reaching the Division II state championship game and compiling a 20-12 record in 2013-14.
“Mary and Brian bring a wealth of success, experience and expertise to the coaching staff,” Phillips continued. “Their knowledge of the game and understanding of our system provides the players with ample opportunity to learn and grow.”
Under Phillips, Archbishop Mitty has captured 18 Central Coast Section titles, nine Northern California titles and five California Interscholastic Federation state championships.
In 2004, American Quarterly Basketball named Phillips as one of five high school coaches in the country “you should know.”
In 1999, she guided the women’s varsity team to its first state title at the Division I level. That same year, the Monarchs finished with a 31-0 record and Student Sports Magazine named Phillips National Coach of the Year.
In 2000, Phillips spent the year as the lead assistant women’s basketball’s coach at the University of California at Berkeley.
Phillips currently is in her 12th year as the director and a member of the coaching staff for the San Jose Cagers girls AAU program, which includes grades 5-12.
Phillips teamed up with Nike as a skills academy coach in May 2012 in Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., and as a national clinician for Nike, she gave a presentation on defense in Chicago in October 2012, and she will speak this April in Portland. Additionally, Championship Productions has produced a video on Coach Phillips’ defensive presentation.
Phillips graduated from Mitty in 1986 with several scholarship offers. Choosing to play softball at Northwestern University over basketball at the University of California, Phillips was an All-Big Ten Conference and all-region player for the Wildcats before returning to Mitty as a math teacher and coach.