July 24, 2013

Erin Phillips Named Women's Tennis Coach

BOSTON, Mass. – After serving as the program's interim head coach for the spring, 2013 season, Erin Phillips, a former two-sport student-athlete at Commonwealth Coast Conference rival Salve Regina, has been named as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

"Erin has proven to be a very dedicated and passionate coach at the assistant level with our women's basketball program," said Director of Athletics Angel Ayres. She served as our interim head coach with our women's tennis team this past spring and did a great job. It's with great pleasure that we elevate Coach Phillips from interim to our official head women's tennis coach. I look forward to supporting her as she elevates our women's tennis program." 

Phillips, who is also an assistant women's basketball coach at the Institute, earned her undergraduate degree in history from Salve Regina University in 2011. For the Seahawk basketball and tennis programs, she made history as her and her teammates enjoyed two trips to the NCAA Championships during her four-year basketball career.

For her three years with the women's tennis program, Phillips played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. She was a first-team all-conference singles player each season and made all-conference doubles all three years with two different partners. In her final season, Phillips competed with Ana Gwozdz in ITA regionals after the Seahawk pair had won the Flight A bracket at the Women's Grass Court Doubles Championships hosted by Salve Regina at the Tennis Hall of Fame.

On the hardwood, she was the second-leading scorer on the Seahawk squad that entered the conference tournament as the fifth seed and won three straight games on the road to capture the league championship during her sophomore season. The next year, she became only the second junior to reach the 1,000-point milestone. For her senior season, Phillips and her teammates went unbeaten in conference regular season and then won three games at home for another league championship. That Seahawk squad fashioned a school-record 20-game win streak.

Phillips was named the conference's Player of the Year and later earned ECAC All-New England accolades as well as d3hoops.com All-Region recognition. She finished her career as the school's second all-time leading scorer (1,498 points). This included a game-high 22 points in the first-round of the NCAA Championships at Bowdoin College.

As the school's female athlete of the year (2010-11), Phillips also was honored by the Rhode Island Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW) with the Distinguished Student Athlete award. Twice she was selected as Division III Player of the Year for women's basketball by Cox Sports Rhode Island Media.