Phillips has coached middle‐distance and distance for the track & field program since 1986. He is also the head coach for the cross country teams. Phillips enjoyed 11 years as head coach of the track & field program from 1996 to 2006 before returning to his original role as distance/mid‐distance coach at the start of the 2007 season. During his time with the Poets, Phillips has coached 61 national qualifying performances. A former competitive mid‐distance and distance runner himself, Phillips competed at the Division I level and internationally, and can often be found running with members of the team. Phillips holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Physiology. He has taught courses in Whittier’s Department of Kinesiology & Leisure Studies in addition to serving 12 years as Director of Club Sports.