June 2, 2014
“I am very excited to bring April Phillips back to Georgia Tech,” Joseph said. “She is a hard worker that has had tremendous basketball experiences at many different levels. She has a passion for the game and I know she will be a great role model for our student-athletes.”
Phillips brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience to the Yellow Jackets. She joins the Yellow Jackets after spending a season as an assistant coach at the University of New Haven. Prior to working with the New Haven Chargers, Phillips served as Coordinator of Basketball Operations at Seton Hall University. During her time at Seton Hall, Phillips’ direct responsibilities included assisting Hall of Fame head coach Anne Donovan with practice planning, recruiting, student-athlete welfare and other day-to-day operations.
“The opportunity to join the Georgia Tech staff is a tremendous one,” Phillips said. “Coach Jo has grown and will continue to grow the program. I am excited to be a part of such a prestigious university. I’ve always loved the tradition of Georgia Tech, both academically and athletically. I am sure I will grow in the profession here and enjoy my experience.”
Phillips was also the co-president and a trainer and coach at S&A Next Level Basketball, an organization that runs NCAA-certified women’s leagues in addition to various clinics and camps from 2010-13. Phillips is also a certified basketball official and has coached players from both the high school and collegiate ranks.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Phillips began her collegiate basketball career at Georgia Tech, playing for the Yellow Jackets during the 2005-06 season. She averaged 3.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game. Following her freshman year, Phillips transferred to Xavier where she played women’s basketball and competed in track and field. Throughout her college career, Phillips averaged 6.6 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game. She was named to the All-Atlantic 10 third team her senior season and owns the school’s outdoor shot put record as a member of the track and field team.
Phillips is no stranger to post season play, having advanced to the NCAA Tournament with Xavier all three years of her career. Phillips was a part of the squad that won the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2008 and 2010 and aided the Musketeers to an Elite 8 appearance in 2010.
After graduating from Xavier with a degree in Business Information Systems and minors in Communication and Gender & Diversity Studies, Phillips was invited to preseason camp with the New York Liberty of the WNBA. She played professionally in Israel, Finland and Belgium.