May 4, 2000
BERKELEY - Sue Phillips-Chargin and Shaunice Warr have been named assistant women's basketball coaches at the University of California, head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced Thursday.
Phillips-Chargin, 31, is widely regarded as an excellent motivator with a history of winning as a player and coach. She comes to Cal after spending eight seasons as head women's basketball coach at her alma mater, Archbishop Mitty High School, where she compiled a 224-31 (.878) record. Phillips-Chargin guided the Monarchs to national and state prominence, winning two state championships, four Northern California titles and eight Central Coast Section championships. Her responsibilities at Cal will include overseeing recruiting and working with the guards' development.
Also known as a winner, Warr, 27, joins the Cal staff after spending three seasons as an assistant coach under Horstmeyer at Santa Clara University. During Warr's stint with SCU, she helped lead the Broncos to two NCAA Tournament appearances, one WNIT selection and a 66-24 (.733) record. Her duties at Cal will include recruiting, working with the guards, scheduling and team travel.
"I am excited to hire two outstanding individuals to help build the Cal program," said Horstmeyer, who took over the Bears women's basketball program April 17. "Sue brings a winning mentality to the team. She's a good communicator and an extremely hard worker. Her ties to high school basketball in California will be an asset to our recruiting efforts.
"Shaunice knows the system I run having worked with me for three years at Santa Clara. She's extremely competitive and is an excellent recruiter. The two of them also are solid teachers of the game."
Under Phillips-Chargin, Mitty won the California Division III state championship in 1995. In 1999, the Monarchs posted a 31-0 record and won its first Division I state title, earning Phillips-Chargin National Coach of the Year recognition by Student Sports Magazine.
In addition to Phillips-Chargin's success on the court at Mitty, she has been a successful softball coach for the school over the past six seasons and has taught mathematics. She has directed her team to the CCS championship game two of the previous three seasons, winning the section title in 1998.
Phillips-Chargin graduated from Mitty in 1986 and chose to play softball at Northwestern over basketball at Cal. She was an All-Big Ten and All-Region player for the Wildcats before returning to Mitty as a teacher and coach. She was inducted into the AMHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 for her accomplishments as a three-sport athlete as a prep (basketball, softball and volleyball). Sue and her husband, Marty, currently reside in Willow Glen.
Prior to coaching at Santa Clara, Warr spent the 1996-97 season as an assistant coach at Arizona State University, where her responsibilities included recruiting, public relations, marketing and organizing practices.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Warr was a two-time All-Big Sky guard at Northern Arizona University during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. As a senior with the Golden Eagles, Warr also was selected the team's Most Valuable Player and the Defensive Player of the Year. She transferred to NAU after spending two seasons at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where she was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American basketball and volleyball player. Warr currently resides in Santa Clara.
Horstmeyer hopes to have a third assistant coach named within the next few weeks.