ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University women's basketball head coach Jesse Fleming has announced the hiring of Ryan Phillips to his staff as an assistant coach. Phillips joins the program with extensive experience in both the Atlantic 10 and the Big Ten.
"We are very fortunate to bring Ryan on board. His experience in the A-10 allows him to hit the ground running," Fleming said. "Ryan has excellent energy and a true passion for all areas of the game. He's been mentored by tremendous coaches that have prepared him for success. He will be a great addition to our program."
Phillips comes to St. Bonaventure from the University of Wisconsin where he served as a video coordinator and interim assistant coach for the past two years. He helped contribute to the development of three Big Ten All-Conference student-athletes and assisted in the Badgers' first conference tournament win in the last four seasons.
Prior to Wisconsin, he was a Graduate Assistant and Assistant Director Of Basketball Operations at George Washington University. During his two years, the Colonials were 55-11, two-time Atlantic 10 regular season and conference champions and earned back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He provided advanced scouting reports using video and helped in the development of 2015 A-10 Player of the Year Jonquel Jones as well as four all-conference players.
Phillips also served as an advanced scout for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA during the 2015 season.
As an undergrad, he attended Guilford College where he served as a student assistant coach before graduating in 2014. Over a two-year stretch, the Quakers were 45-12 and earned a berth into the Division III NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. He aided in preparing scouting reports and played an active role in on-campus recruiting.
Over his career, Phillips has also worked as a player development intern for the University of Maryland and as a game day operations center intern for the Atlantic Coast Conference. He has also served as a basketball camp counselor at Clemson, Maryland, UNC-Charlotte and Wake Forest.
Phillips replaces Andrea Mulcahy on the Bona bench. A 2010 St. Bonaventure graduate, Mulcahy was an assistant with the Bonnies for six years following a four-year playing career.
What they're saying about Ryan Phillips
Wisconsin Badgers Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis:
"Ryan was an integral part of four A-10 Championships at George Washington as both a graduate manager and Assistant Director of Operations. Ryan was my first hire here at Wisconsin and has really grown in the developing our video and analytics analysis. Ryan is hard working, has a great basketball mind and relates well with the players. He knows the tradition of St. Bonaventure women's basketball and Coach Fleming is getting a rising star in our game."
New Mexico Lobos Assistant Coach Bill Ferrara:
"Ryan Phillips is one of the most versatile and hardest working coaches in our game. He understands what it takes to win A-10 Championships and will be a great asset to the Bonnies."