Anne Phillips
Anne Phillips

e-mail Coach Phillips Anne Phillips, who led Franklin & Marshall to an NCAA Championship and was the IWLCA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2007, was named Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse on June 23, 2008. Phillips posted a 93-24 record (.795) in her six seasons at F&M, making her the school's all-time leader in both wins and winning percentage. That winning percentage put her third among active Division III head coaches at the end of last season. Phillips also coached 18 individual IWLCA All-Americans and six of F&M's top 10 all-time leading scorers in her tenure. "The accomplishments of Anne Phillips as a coach and a teacher are extraordinary," said Director of Athletics Tom Beckett. "We are extremely excited about her joining the Yale coaching faculty. We look forward to working with her to achieve our goal of building on the success of this nationally recognized program." Phillips is the eighth head coach in the 32-year history of Yale women's lacrosse. "I'm excited to join the Yale community and to have the opportunity to lead the women's lacrosse program to the highest level," said Phillips. "I appreciate the trust and support of both Athletics Director Tom Beckett and Associate Athletics Director Amy Backus who, along with the entire athletic staff, were so welcoming to me and my family. I believe that competitive athletics are a great complement to a competitive academic experience and it is my passion to coach student-athletes to embrace challenges and fulfill goals once believed unattainable. My goal is to continue the proud tradition of Yale women's lacrosse and inspire student-athletes to achieve excellence on the lacrosse field." A 1980 Franklin & Marshall graduate, Phillips revitalized the F&M program in her six seasons in Lancaster. She took over a team that had gone 8-7 in 2002 and led the Diplomats to a 14-5 record and ECAC Championship in 2003. The team won another ECAC Championship in 2005, then made the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 2006. The Diplomats were ranked in the top 10 nationally in each of Phillips' years, but in 2007 they reached new heights. The team achieved No. 1 in the rankings for the first time, winning its first Centennial Conference Championship in 14 years. The Diplomats finished off an undefeated season -- 21-0 -- with a win over Salisbury in the NCAA Division III Championship. They ranked second in the country in scoring defense (5.33 goals allowed per game) and seventh in the country in scoring offense (15.19 goals per game). The team also was an IWLCA National Academic Merit Squad selection. F&M went 19-2 in 2008, winning another Centennial Conference Championship and reaching the NCAA Division III Championship game again before falling to Hamilton. The Diplomats were ranked fifth in the country in scoring defense (6.71 goals allowed per game). A native of West Chester, Pa., Phillips helped found the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse program. Then known as Anne Ricciuti, she played on the school's first team in 1977. She scored 99 goals and had 46 assists in two seasons as an attacker before her career was cut short by knee injuries. She was also on the field hockey team, which went 51-20-7 in her four years, and is seventh on the school's career goals list in that sport with 38. After receiving her degree in economics from F&M, Phillips spent nine years with Deluxe Check Printers in St. Paul, Minn., rising to the level of Regional Computer Operations Manager. She began her coaching career with Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, Pa., in 1998. She gradually turned that program around from a 1-17 record her first season to a 19-1-1 mark and a state championship in her final season, 2001. She was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year. Phillips is chairman of the US Lacrosse National Team Selection Committee and was a US Lacrosse National Team selector in 2007. She has been a member of the National All-American Selection Committee since 2003 and has been a member of the United States Lacrosse Coaches Council since 2006. Phillips was also the director of Girls' Lacrosse for the Keystone State Games from 1998 to 2002. Phillips takes over a Yale program that went 11-5 in 2007 and ended the season ranked No. 17 in the IWLCA poll. Yale, which has made three NCAA Tournament appearances, is tied with Georgetown for the second-longest current streak of winning seasons (15), trailing only Maryland (27). Anne Phillips Head Coaching Record

200314-5ECAC Champions
200514-3ECAC Champions
2006 15-5NCAA Elite Eight Regional Finalist
200721-0NCAA National Champions, Centennial Conference Champions
200819-2NCAA National Finalists, Centennial Conference Champions
Total93-24 (.795)
Anne Phillips Head Coaching Highlights
<li>Three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, one NCAA Championship (2007)
</li><li>18 Individual IWLCA All-Americans in six seasons
</li><li>2007 IWLCA Division III National Coach of the Year
</li><li>Chairman of US Lacrosse National Team Selection Committee