Teresa Phillips Named Athletics Director at Tennessee StateApril 30, 2002
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University President James A. Hefner has announced the appointment of Teresa Phillips as the school's athletics director. Phillips had served as TSU's interim athletics director since June 2001.
"I have sought an athletics director who would carry on the rich tradition of athletics at Tennessee State University," said Hefner. "Teresa Phillips has demonstrated her intricate knowledge and leadership, as well as an exemplary work ethic. Tennessee State University is fortunate to have her on our team."
Phillips has been at TSU since 1989, serving as head women's basketball coach from April 1989 to June 2000. She also has served in a dual role as associate athletics director since 1995, with particular emphasis on women's and non-revenue sports and the overall academic success of student-athletes. Since assuming the responsibilities of interim athletics director in 2001, Phillips has implemented a number of initiatives for the department in marketing, fund raising, and academics and developed a new departmental policy manual.
"As a former TSU coach and a current athletics department employee, I am extremely proud of our rich tradition of extraordinary academic and athletic standards," said Phillips. "My commitment is to a well balanced academic and athletic environment, and my foremost goal is for our athletes to successfully complete the university's academic requirements for graduation."
In the fall of 2001, TSU was awarded the Ohio Valley Conference Academic Achievement Banner for the combined academic accomplishments of its student-athletes. Their combined grade-point average, compared to the average GPA of the student body, was higher than that of any other OVC member's athletes.
Phillips added that under her leadership the department will "strive to develop character, pride and teamwork while maintaining a program of integrity, honesty and sportsmanship. "I love TSU and will work to the best of my abilities to put the athletics program on a higher level."
Before taking over the TSU program, Phillips was head women's basketball coach at Fisk University. She was 62-38 in four seasons with the Lady Bulldogs.
While at Fisk, she led her team to WIAC league championships in the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons. In league tournaments, she guided her squad to a first-place finish in 1986-87 and to second-place honors in both 1985-86 and 1987-88. She also served as a member of the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee for two years.
A 1980 graduate of Vanderbilt University with bachelor's degrees in economics and business education, Phillips spent four years as an assistant coach with the Lady Commodores from 1981-84. She was responsible for both on-the-floor coaching and scouting opponents. Phillips was directly involved in recruiting six All-Americans and seven All-State players to Vanderbilt.
Phillips earned several honors during her playing days at Vanderbilt. She was the first recipient of the Lady Commodore Athlete of the Year honor, given to the best all-around female athlete. In addition, she received the Nashville Civitan's Sportsmanship Award in 1979 and 1980. While at Vanderbilt, she was also involved in several organizations. She served as a student government representative in 1977-78 and as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 1980. In the summer of 1999, she received her master's degree in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University. Phillips also serves on the board of directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Phillips was born on June 16, 1958, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is married to Michael Phillips, a former TSU football player and coach. They have two sons, Micah and Kyle.