Phillips, a 2005 graduate of Mount St. Mary's, immediately began coaching for his alma mater. Phillips has guided Mount sprinters and hurdlers to dozens of IC4A and ECAC Championship qualifications. His athletes have broken five school records, two NEC records, earned 10 NEC championship wins, two NEC Rookie of the Year honors, 19 NEC All-Conference honors, and one NEC Most Outstanding Track Athlete award.
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 played a key role on the Mount's teams in every sprint event.
Phillips earned his bachelor's degree from the Mount in theology and was awarded the 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, given to the graduating student-athlete who excels in both athletics and academics.
In 2008, Phillips earned his master's degree from the Mount in theology and is a lecturer in the undergraduate theology department. He also serves as the athletic department's coordinator for the integration of faith and athletics.
Phillips and his wife Dale currently live in Emmitsburg