Coaching Staff / 2016-2017
Team: Boys Varsity Baseball
Position: Head Coach
Coach Phillips has completed his 22nd season as head coach at Rifle High School this past spring. In the years he has coached at Rifle, the team has gone 271-159-1 with six league championships and three district championships. Rifle is one of only 12 teams with an enrollment under 1,000 that have advanced to the final 8 in the past 21 years. The Bears did that in 2002.
Before coming to Rifle High School, Phillips was a graduate assistant coach at Brigham Young University in the 1994-95 school year. He redshirted one year and played two years of varsity baseball at BYU where he was named Academic All-Western Athletic Conference in both 1993 and 1994.
BYU was ranked in the top 25 at the end of the regular season in 1993 before losing to Fresno State in the best-of-three WAC Championship. The Cougars led the nation in hitting that year with a .362 team batting average.
In 1994 BYU defeated Fresno State in the WAC Championship and then advanced to the final 16 when they made it to the championship game of the Atlantic II Regional where they lost the championship game to Florida State, 7-2.
Before playing at BYU, Phillips played two years at Ricks College. In 1991 he was selected as an NJCAA Academic All-American while also being chosen as the Ricks College Baseball Athlete of the Year and team Co-MVP.