Now in his second season at Cal in 2011, Josh Phillips has a wealth of experience as a trainer, athlete, coach and competitor. Phillips is a full-time assistant for football and also works with the women's gymnastics, men's golf and women's golf programs.
In 2010-11, Cal's men's and women's golf programs both qualified for the NCAA Championship. On the men's side, Michael Weaver earned honorable mention Division I PING All-American honors. Stephen Hale, Max Homa and Eric Mina were second-team All-Pac-10 selections, while Ben An was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice. The women's squad also had three second-team All-Pac-10 picks in Joanne Lee, Emily Childs and Pia Halbig. Lee was also selected for the esteemed NGCA All-American team, while Halbig was the Pac-10 Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an honorable mention NGCA All-American, All-East Regional, and the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Dinah Shore Trophy that is awarded annually to a collegiate women's golfer for their combined athletic, academic, community service and leadership abilities. Women's gymnastics qualified three individuals for NCAA Regionals in Alicia Asturias, Dallas Crawford and Madisyn O'Brien, who was also selected second-team All-Pac-10.
Prior to arriving at Cal in August of 2010, Phillips spent one year at UC Santa Barbara where he was an assistant sports performance coach during the 2009-10 athletic year. He worked with all 20 varsity sports at UCSB, with a focus on baseball, softball, and track and field. His responsibilities included athlete instruction, training and program development. He also piloted speed development clinics and assisted with nutritional needs assessment and dietary program implementation.
Phillips also had a stint as a performance intern at the Peak Performance Project in Santa Barbara, where he worked with collegiate and professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, AVP Tour and Olympic sports. P3 is renowned for its application of cutting edge science to athlete performance enhancement.
In addition, Phillips has three seasons as a collegiate football coach and one at the high school level on his resume.
He was the defensive coordinator at Pierce College in Woodland Hills in 2009, leading the two-year school to its first American Pacific Conference crown in 24 years. The Brahmas posted a 7-3 overall record and earned a No. 13 ranking among Southern California junior colleges. Phillips coached seven all-conference players, including current Cal wide receiver/returner Coleman Edmond, who was the 2009 APC Offensive Player of the Year and an All-State honoree.
Phillips spent the 2007 and 2008 campaigns as the secondary coach and co-special teams coordinator at Wagner College, leading the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) squad to the No. 6 national ranking in total defense in 2007 and a No. 3 ranking against the pass in 2008. Wagner was also the No. 1 team in total defense in the Northeast Conference both seasons. Among the players Phillips coached was All-American cornerback Al Phillips, who ranked fifth in the nation with seven interceptions in 2007 and signed an NFL free agent contract with the New York Jets in 2008. In addition, Phillips was the program's liaison to professional football and headed the Seahawks' leadership program, which included elements of community service and academic achievement.
In 2006, Phillips was the defensive backs coach and assisted with special teams at Santa Monica High School, where he coached future Oregon State safety Cameron Collins.
Before beginning his career in coaching and sports performance, Phillips' played three seasons of professional football from 2002-04 with NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals (2002), the NFL's Houston Texans (2002) and the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League (2003-04).
Phillips played his collegiate football at Yale from 1997-2001, where he was a two-way player as a tailback and cornerback while also a key member of the special teams unit. He helped lead his squad to an Ivy League title in 1999 and was a four-year starter, starting at cornerback as a freshman, junior and senior, and tailback as a sophomore when he was also the team's primary nickelback. Phillips was also a part-time tailback in his final two seasons. He was selected for the Florida Gridiron Classic following his 2001 senior campaign.
Phillips earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Yale in 1999. He also picked up a master's degree in Business Administration from Wagner in 2008 and in kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics from Cal State Northridge in 2011.
He and his wife, Kimmy, reside in Danville, Calif.
LAST UPDATED: August 4, 2011