NASHVILLE --- Teresa Phillips, Tennessee State University Director of Athletics, announced today (Oct 17) that she plans to retire. Phillips, who will remain in her role until June 2020, will step-away after a 17-year tenure.
“The decision to retire has been one that I have contemplated for several years and I have finally decided that this year is the right time,” said Phillips. “I leave this position with much pride, reflecting on the many talented student-athletes who have worn the blue and white with integrity. Thank you to the administration, students, community supporters and alumni of this great institution, Tennessee State University! It has been an honor to represent you as Athletics Director.”
Under Phillips’ leadership, the Tigers have experienced success on and off the field and her influence extends well beyond the athletics program.
During Phillips’ tenure, TSU has won 12 Ohio Valley Conference Championships - five Indoor Track and Field Championships, three Outdoor Track and Field Championships, two Volleyball titles and one Women’s Basketball championship. Additionally, men’s golf has won the National Minority Golf Championship.
“Teresa has meant so much to this Conference," commented OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche. "She has been a tremendous leader who has contributed in so many ways, including serving as an OVC representative on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee, the Chair of our Athletic Directors Group, a champion-level coach and an exemplary Athletic Director. She is a consensus builder and a visionary thinker who has made the OVC better by her commitment to student-athletes. She is a friend to all in this league who will be dearly missed.”