PHILLIPS NAMED TO INDIANA SOFTBALL STAFF AS ASSISTANT COACH
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Bloomington, Ind. -- Head softball coach Sara Hayes today announced that former Michigan State standout Stacey Phillips will join the Indiana staff as an assistant coach. Phillips joins Hayes and assistant coach Mickey Dean to complete the IU staff.
"We are very excited that a candidate of Stacey Phillips' caliber has decided to join our Hoosier family," said Hayes. "Although she will need help changing her wardrobe from Spartan Green to Indiana Crimson, Stacey is eager for this career shift. Stacey is extremely strong administratively and has a positive, approachable, and direct personality. She was a great player and has obviously proven her ability as a hitting coach at Detroit. We look for Stacey to round out our staff's focus and to join us in our pursuit of taking Indiana Softball to new heights."
One of the top players in the history of the Michigan State softball program where she played from 1996-00, Phillips most recently served as a Uniform Sales Representative for the Cintas Corporation. In addition to her work at Cintas, she concurrently served as an assistant softball coach at the University of Detroit-Mercy, where she primarily worked as the Titans' hitting coach. She also assisted the Titans' infielders and outfielders and was involved in scouting opponents as well as recruiting.
Said Phillips, "I am thrilled to be afforded an opportunity to be a part of such a traditionally strong program at Indiana University and to work with Sara, Mickey, and the rest of the administration. Even during our early conversations it was obvious that our coaching staff would mesh very well. The enthusiasm and high energy level that the three of us convey will help lead to a bright future for the Hoosier softball program. I am proud to be a Hoosier and cannot get to Bloomington soon enough."
The St. Clair Shores, Mich., product captained the Spartans as a senior in 2000, a season that saw her earn first-team All-Big Ten honors at first base. During her freshman through junior seasons, she was a second-team All-Big Ten pick at both first base and shortstop. She also helped lead the Spartans to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1999. In addition to her all-conference accolades, Phillips was recognized as a third-team All-America shortstop as a sophomore in 1998 and was an all-region selection as a sophomore and again as a senior.
Phillips' name can be found throughout the Michigan State softball record book as she ranks first on the school's single-season and career home run list, with 13 and 31, respectively. She is also the school single-season and career leader in RBI, with 47 and 141. At the conclusion of her collegiate career in 2000, she was the 23rd overall selection of the Tampa Bay Firestix in the Pro Softball Draft.
In addition to her full-time coaching responsibilities at the University of Detroit-Mercy, Phillips has also worked as a motivational speaker and clinician. She is a May 2001 graduate of Michigan State, earning a bachelor's degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences.