Phillips Promoted to Head Coach
Bloomington, Ind. -Indiana University Athletic Director Terry Clapacs announced today that Stacey Phillips has been named interim coach of the IU softball team for the 2004-05 season. Phillips, who served as an assistant coach with the Hoosiers last season, begins her assignment immediately.
"We are very pleased that Coach Phillips has agreed to lead our team this season," Clapacs said. " In her brief tenure here, she has impressed everyone on the IU team and the IU staff with her enthusiasm, her work ethic and her integrity. She is an excellent fit for our program."
One of the top players in the history of the Michigan State softball program, where she played from 1996-00, was hired as an assistant coach at IU last June. Before that, Phillips 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, was involved in scouting opponents, and assisting with recruiting during the 2002-03 seasons.
"This team has a lot of talent," said Phillips. "I am thrilled to have been asked to lead them in their direction of success."
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 career leader in RBI with 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. Most recently she was the No. 1 pick of the San Antonio Armadillo's of the National Pro Fastpitch League in 2004.
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