Hometown: Fullerton, Calif.
College: Cal State Fullerton
Years at Whittier:
In addition to inductees into the Men's and Women's Cross Country Hall-of-Fame, Phillips coached the first ever National Championships appearance by any Poet women's team (1994) and has received recognition as West Region Coach of the Year. He has taught a variety of courses in Whittier's KLS department, served 12 years as the Director of Club Sports, and 11 years as the Head Track & Field Coach. In 2010-12, Phillips was recognized by Whittier College as "Employee of the Division". In addition to Head Cross Country Coach, he continues to train middle distance and distance runners on the track & field team.
* Competed in cross country and track & field at the NCAA Div. I level
* Earned Master's of Science Degree in Kinesiology, focusing on the biomechanical,
neuromuscular, and cardiovascular dynamics of both distance running and sprinting
* Has coached 93 all-conference performances and 24 national qualifying performances in
cross country, in addition to numerous more in track & field
* Continues to practice what he preaches as he can often be found running with members
of the teams
The men’s team continued to climb in the conference standings posting a 5-3 dual meet record and a surprise 5th place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Unranked among the top 10 regional teams, two All-Region performances by Javier Banuelos (25:30 8K) and Hayden Schmidt (25:39 8K) led the Poets to the 5th place upset. A re-building women’s team broke even in SCIAC with a 4-4 dual meet record. Christine Verduzco was honored as a National Qualifier, All-Region performer, and 1st Team All-Conference selection. The Lady Poets extended their All-Academic win streak to five consecutive years!
A young, improving men's team found freshman Marco
Godinez leading Whittier finishers on three
occasions. Sophomore Hayden Schmidt earned
all-conference recognition. Transfer Nathaniel
Smauley earned all-region recognition. The men's 3-4
SCIAC record didn't adequately reflect the success of the
season. The Poets' women's team placed second in the
conference and boasts a 12-2 record during the past two
seasons. Michele Callaway earned 1st team
all-conference for the fourth consecutive year. Joining
Callaway as an all-conference member included Eva
Aguilar and Adrianna Davidek. In
addition, five women were awarded all-region honors as the top five
finishers on a nationally ranked team. Academic
accomplishments were equally impressive as the Lady Poets became an
All-Academic team for a fourth consecutive year.
Michele Callaway and Christine Verduzco were all-conference honorees and led a 7th ranked regional team to a 3rd place upset finish and qualification to the National Championships. Callaway was the SCIAC Champion and earned All-American honors at the National Championships. Joining Callaway and Verduzco on the All-Regional team included Jamie Slingluff, Molly Litherland, and Candace Wray. Travis Airola led the men with an all-conference performance at the SCIAC Championships.