Huntingdon AD Buzz Phillips returns to Lady Hawks basketball

MONTGOMERY, AL - Huntingdon College Director of Athletics Buzz Phillips will return to the bench as head coach of the women's basketball program for the 2010-11 season, the College announced on Thursday.

"As an athletic director, Coach Phillips is a superb example for all of our coaches," Huntingdon President J. Cameron West said. "Coach Phillips has served as our head women's basketball coach in the past--the players loved working with him, he loved the challenge, and the team had successful seasons. I deeply appreciate his willingness to take on the role of coach in addition to his athletic director responsibilities.  I know the women's basketball program will be in good hands with Coach Phillips, as are all of our athletic programs under his leadership."

Phillips spent four seasons, two as head coach and two as interim head coach, at the helm of the Lady Hawks' program from 2005-2009.

"I am excited about being offered a chance to return to the bench as head coach," Phillips said. "I thought long and hard about this program and after discussions with the Huntingdon administration, I thought that stepping in might provide a familiar face during this transition."

In his four seasons, Phillips helped the Lady Hawks to a 49-44 overall record. Following the 2008-09 season, he was named Great South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and helped Huntingdon to the GSAC Tournament Championship Game. During the 2007-08 campaign, the Lady Hawks were among the most improved teams in all of Division III, as they improved 6.5 victories from the season prior.

Under his leadership, Huntingdon had six All-Conference performers, while 18 student-athletes were named to the GSAC's All-Academic squad. He also helped Tiffany Jordan earn Player of the Year honors and Lori Bonds earn the league's Freshman of the Year award.

"I am very appreciative of the confidence that the administration has shown in me," Phillips added. "I am looking forward to getting things started."