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02.27.14 | W Soccer

Phillips Promoted to Head Coach

Baker alum Davy Phillips will now take over head coaching duties of the women's soccer program Baker alum Davy Phillips will now take over head coaching duties of the women's soccer program

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar announced the promotion of associate head soccer coach Davy Phillips to head women's soccer coach on Thursday afternoon.

Baker Athletics Hall of Fame member Nate Houser will continue his role as head men's soccer coach, while Phillips will now take full control of the women's soccer program.

"Given the amazing amount of success generated by both our men's and women's soccer programs," Yetmar said. "We felt this was the right time to separate the leadership of our teams. Without question Coach Houser and Coach Phillips have been a dynamic team that have built nationally respected programs. However, we believe it is important to give each program its own autonomy and the benefit of the focus of one leader. I know that Coach Houser and Coach Phillips will continue to exhibit the devotion, skill and energy required to provide a first class experience for our student-athletes."

"I am very proud of the state of 'Baker Soccer'," Houser said. "In my 11 years here at Baker, the women have gone from an average HAAC team with zero expectation, to a nationally recognized program with trips to the Fab Four, national semifinals and trips to multiple NAIA final sites. In that time we have had 11 NAIA All-America players, four HAAC players of the Year, 44 All-HAAC players, and 66 NAIA scholar-athletes. That being said, this is an opportunity to move forward. The women's program needs to have its own head coach, and Davy Phillips is the perfect person for the job."

Phillips is a 2006 graduate of Baker University and earned his Masters of Liberal Arts from Baker in 2011.

He joined the men's soccer coaching staff in 2008 as an assistant coach and has been with that program through the 2013 season. He was added to the women's soccer coaching staff in 2009.

Since 2008, the Wildcat men's and women's soccer teams have reached unprecedented heights under the BU staff.

The Wildcats have qualified for postseason play in each of the past six seasons and the men's team has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll and the women's team has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll.

The Wildcats reached the NAIA National Tournament quickly in Phillips' career with the men's staff, as they won the 2008 HAAC Conference Tournament and went on to defeat Park University in the NAIA Opening Round to reach the NAIA Final site in Fresno, Calif.

In 2010, the women's squad reached the NAIA Fab Four and finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country. The women's squad returned to the national stage in 2011, as both the men's and women's teams advanced to the NAIA national quarterfinals, with the men's team reaching the NAIA Fab Four.

In that 2011 season with the men's and women's NAIA national tournament final sites at different locations, Houser traveled with the men's team and Phillips was given the responsibility of leading the women's squad in Decatur, Ala., where the Wildcats defeated Martin Methodist in the NAIA Second Round match and tied Point Loma Nazarene in the national quarterfinals eventually falling in penalty kicks.

In 2012, the women's squad picked up a home victory in the NAIA National Opening Round over Bellevue University and advanced to its third-straight NAIA Final site in Gulf Shores, Ala., and finished the year ranked No. 24 in the country.

In his last season as assistant coach with the men's squad in 2013, Baker went 15-6-2 on the season captured the HAAC regular season and conference tournament championships, and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation and advanced to the NAIA Final Site in Montgomery, Ala.

"I want to thank Nate Houser, Theresa Yetmar, and Dr. Long for this amazing opportunity," Phillips said. "From my time here as a student, graduate assistant, assistant Coach, and associate head coach, Baker University has remained a very special place in my heart. I look forward to working with the amazing young women in our soccer program and helping to develop these ladies into confident, competent, and responsible contributors to society. I am honored to lead our program as we continue to compete for conference championships and achieve success on the national stage."

Phillips was also an assistant men's and women's coach at NAIA institution California State University-San Marcos in San Marcos, Calif., and served as head girls varsity coach at Fallbrook Union High School in 2007 and 2008, leading them to a 13-7-2 record in '08 and 12-7-2 record in '07.

He is also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and has a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

"There isn't a better person to take over the leadership of the women's program," Houser said. "He enters the position with more NAIA National tournament experience than all but one of the conference coaches and he led the women's team to the NAIA national quarterfinals in 2011, and is the only current HAAC coach without a loss at that level. His passion, knowledge and energy are exactly what the women's program needs to take the next steps forward. I look forward to working with Coach Phillips in the upcoming years."

"We know we have a proven winner in Coach Phillips," Yetmar said. "I know he will continue to ensure the tradition of success in our women's soccer program."

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