Phillips will start his first year here at Anna Maria in his new role as an Assistant Athletics Director for community engagement. In this role, his responsibilities will be assisting the director of athletics with alumni and community outreach, the captain leadership program, the coaching leadership program, the alumni mentoring program, the faculty athlete mentor program, alumni and special athletic events and community service initiatives. He will also assist his longtime friend and coworker Mike Burlas with the development of the athletic department's fundraising efforts.
"Coming back to Anna Maria College to represent the Athletic Department and the college in this new role is a great opportunity," said Paul Phillips. "I am especially looking forward to working with the entire staff, newly appointed Athletic Director Joe Brady, and my longtime colleague Mike Burlas."
Phillips is a former AMCAT head men's basketball coach wherein 1996 he reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and recorded a school record of 25 wins. He also led the AMCATS to six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) regular season championships and posted an overall record of 166-99 for a .626 winning percentage. He began his career teaching at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury where he then became a guidance counselor and later returned in 2004 as the Dean of Students. He led the Clark men's basketball program from 1996 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2019 leading the Cougars to the NCAA tournament five times. Phillips retired after 31 seasons as a head coach, finishing his career with 439 wins. He is a 1976 graduate of Assumption College where he played three years for the men's basketball team.