SAN JOSE, California – Athletics Director Jeff Konya have chosen April Phillips to lead the San José State women’s basketball program, announced Wednesday. Phillips spent his final season as an assistant coach at the University of Texas, where the Longhorns won the Big 12 Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
“I would like to thank TurnkeyZRG and Katy Young Staudt for their expertise as we mutually identified some high quality candidates during this national search,” Konya said. “April has a lot of experience in recruiting, as evidenced by the signing of top classes in Texas, Cal and Arizona. This is an incredible coaching opportunity, and April fits into our culture. Her positive energetic persona will lead the Spartans to new heights.”
In addition to helping lead Texas to the program’s first Big 12 tournament title in 19 seasons, Phillips helped Texas begin recruiting No. 7 in the country. While at Cal, she helped sign the sixth-best recruiting class and was part of outraged victories over the then No. 13 Arizona, No. 20 Arkansas and No. 22 Arizona State in 2019-20. While in Arizona, she helped guide the Wildcats to the biggest turnaround in the program’s history, 12 more wins than the previous year and the 2019 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) championship. Phillips has helped develop 21 team selections throughout the conference, as well as three conference players such as Freshman / Newcomer of the Year.
“I’m grateful for Jeff Konya, TurnkeyZRG and the SJSU Administration for their confidence in me leading this program, “said Phillips.” I would also like to thank Vic Schaefer, Charmin Smith, Adia Barnes, Charity Elliott, Ty Grace and Anne Donovan for their guidance and guidance in prepare me to be the head coach. I’m ready to start evaluating and bringing top recruits to San José State. I’m excited to develop young women and compete in Mountain West. “
- Prior to training in Arizona, Phillips picked up two of Loyola Marymount’s best recruiting classes as an Associate Head Coach and was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) “30 Under 30” list in both 2017 and ’18.
- Phillips spent one season as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech (2014-15) and a year as an assistant coach at New Haven (2013-14)
- Phillips, who is based in Long Beach, California, played collegiate basketball with Georgia Tech (2005-06) and Xavier (2007-10).
- Led Xavier to three NCAA tournaments, two Atlantic-10 championships and a record of 30-4 in 2010, which included an NCAA Elite Eight appearance that dropped to No. 2 Stanford, 55-53, to go to the Women’s Final Four
- Also competed on the athletics team at Xavier, won the A-10 shot put title and set the school record
- Twice Nike All-American in high school and was ranked as the nation’s sixth best winger
What they say about Coach Phillips
Vic Schaefer, Texas head coach
“I’m so glad to hear about the naming of April Phillips as the next head coach at San José State University. Well deserved! Coach Phillips was an integral part of our Elite Eight race this season at the University of Texas. She has in her short time here proved to be an elite recruiter as well as a fantastic coach working with our post players as our post were some of the most improved players on our team during the season. April will not only have a big impact on campus, but she will also impact her community, the university and the state of California. It has been a blessing and an honor for us to have her here this past season. Her commitment and passion for the game and our student-athletes will be greatly missed. Congratulations to April and San José State University. Go Spartans! “
Lindsay Gottlieb, USC head coach
“I’m excited about my friend April being named the next head coach at San José State University. April has worked tirelessly in our subjects at all levels. She has established an excellent reputation with colleagues, youth coaches and the community through genuine relationships and authenticity. “For the most part, though, I’m excited about the young women who will be playing until April. She wants to be a coach and mentor who is true to her principles, and her players will grow under her leadership. What a great job.”
Aari McDonald, Atlanta Dream, WNBA
“I am so happy for coach April. She is so deserving of this job. I have no doubt she will take this program to new heights. She trains with passion, is a real person and is relational with her players. I wish her nothing but the best. “
Charmin Smith, Cal head coach
“I could not be more excited for April. I know she has spent the time and the hard work. She is extremely knowledgeable about this game and has the ability to make meaningful connections with student-athletes. She has all the tools to lead as head coach and I know she will do well. “