Jay Phillips
Jay Phillips
Phone: 301-447-5391
Email: phillips@msmary.edu
Position: Head Coach/Cross Country, Track & Field/2nd Season
Experience: 12th Season Overall
Alma Mater: Mount St. Mary's
Graduating Year: 2005

Jay Phillips, a 2005 Mount St. Mary's University graduate, returned to his alma mater in 2015 as Head Coach of the cross country and track and field programs.

During his tenure on staff at the Mount, Phillips' athletes have broken nine school records as well as three Northeast Conference records. He has coached 29 NEC Champions, 49 All-NEC honorees, two NEC Rookie of the Year and 2 NEC Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year winners in the Sprints, Hurdles, and Horizontal Jumps.

After completing his four-year career as a standout sprinter on the track, Phillips immediately made the jump into the coaching ranks at the Mount.  He worked his way from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach from 2005-14.  He was given his first head coaching opportunity in 2014, serving the 2014-15 seasons as the Head Cross Country, Track and Field Coach for Division II Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.

Phillips’ time as the head coach at Belmont Abbey produced 4 Conference Carolinas individual championships and the women’s indoor track athlete MVP. His athletes also broke a dozen school records. In cross country, Phillips coached a top six finisher at the conference championships on the women’s side while both the men’s and women’s squads won sportsmanship awards from the conference.

As a student-athlete for the Mountaineers, Phillips was one of the Mount’s distinguished sprinters who consistently led the team on and off the track.  A member of the Mount’s all-time top sprinters’ list, he was also a member of the Mount’s All-East 4x400m relay team that still holds the school record.

Phillips was awarded the University’s most prestigious academic award, the Flanagan Memorial Prize, given to the graduate who best represents the mission of Mount St. Mary’s University in scholarship, conduct, and leadership.  Phillips also earned the Sheridan Award in 2005, given to the graduating student-athlete who excels in both athletics and academics.

During his time as an assistant at the Mount, Phillips started the “Faith and Athletics” program in 2010, which is designed to provide student-athletes the opportunity to meaningfully integrate their life as an athlete with their spiritual life. Phillips served as a lecturer in the undergraduate theology department from 2008-14 and continues to teach an Ethics in Sport course for the Master’s in Sport Management Program.

Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree in theology from Mount St. Mary’s in 2005 before going on to add a master’s in theology in 2008 from the Mount.

Phillips resides in Fairfield with his wife Dale, daughters Adelaide and Mary Grace, and son Isaiah.

Chris FitzSimons
Chris FitzSimons
Email: FitzSimons@msmary.edu
Position: Assistant Coach/Cross Country, Track and Field, 1st Season
Experience: 1st Season
Alma Mater: Villanova
Graduating Year: 2014

FitzSimons is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Mount's cross country and track and field teams.

A Villanova University graduate, FitzSimons competed in both cross country and track & field for the Wildcats.  As a student-athlete, he was an individual Big East Conference champion in 800m run and earned All-America honors twice as a member of the distance medley relay team.  He earned a dual bachelor's degree in communication and sociology.

Prior to his collegiate career, FitzSimons competed for Hamden High School in Connecticut.  Durnig his time there, he broke six state records and was the anchor for three national champion relay teams (distance medley and 4x800m).

His brother, Tom, was an NCAA All-American in the decathlon at the Mount.  FitzSimons resides in Gettysburg, Pa.

Tim Nickas
Tim Nickas
Phone: 301-447-6724
Email: nickas@msmary.edu
Position: Associate Head Coach/Cross Country, Track and Field/3rd Season
Experience: 4th Season Overall
Alma Mater: Mount St. Mary's
Graduating Year: 2012

Tim Nickas, Associate Head Coach for cross country, track and field will begin his fourth season with the program.

In his first three years coaching with the program, Nickas has advanced four athletes to NCAA Championship qualification. In the spring of 2016 one of his athletes earned All-America honors in the javelin by placing 9th at the NCAA Championship Final. Regionally, Nickas has had five athletes earn All-East honors. Two of his athletes won individual IC4A/ECAC championships and one a Penn Relays Championship in the spring of 2016. At the conference level, he has coached four NEC Champions, 13 All-NEC honorees, and three NEC Rookies of the Year. Nickas, responsible for over-seeing the program’s multi-event athletes, throwers, and vertical jumpers, has seen five school records and one NEC record fall under his watch.

As an athlete, Nickas was named All-East in the decathlon and was a Northeast Conference Champion. Prior to coaching, he worked as a certified personal trainer and strength coach who focused on sport specific development for high school, collegiate and professional athletes. He also worked in Mount St. Mary’s Learning Services department where he helped improve the academic standing of student-athletes.

Nickas graduated from the Mount in 2012 with a degree in political science and minor in philosophy. He resides in Emmitsburg with his lovely dog Stone.