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Sue Phillips

  • As of March 17, 2022

Sue Phillips is a long-time girls basketball head coach at Archbishop Mitty High School in California and a program director and coach with the San Jose Cagers, an AAU program she founded.

Entering her fifth USA Basketball coaching assignment, Phillips will be head coach of the 2022 USA Basketball U17 World Cup Team. In 2021, Phillips served as head coach of the 2021 USA Women's U16 National Team, helping the team to a 6-0 record and gold medal at the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Léon, Mexico.

Phillips led the 2013 USA U16 National Team to gold at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2014 USA U17 World Cup Team to gold at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup in the following summer.

Prior to that, she led the USA West Team to a a bronze medal in the 2003 USA Basketball Youth Developmental Festival and served on the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee.

Entering her 28th year as the girl’s basketball coach and math teacher at Archbishop Mitty, she owns a 761-135 career record. During her tenure at AMHS, her teams have won 22 Central Coast Section championships, 14 Northern California titles and six California Interscholastic Federation state championships.

In 2021-22, Archbishop Mitty amassed a 30-2 record and won four championships, including the ‘Iolani Classic, West Catholic Athletic League, Central Coast Section Open Division and Northern California Open Division.

In 2019-20, Phillips and Archbishop Mitty had won the NorCal Championship and was set to compete in the CIF Open Division state finals before the COVID-19 pandemic brought an end to their season.

In 2017-18, she led her team to a USA Today No. 1 national ranking and was named National High School Coach of the Year by Naismith and the WBCA. In 2019, Phillips served as a McDonald's All-American Game head coach and received the Gatorade Coaching Excellence Award.


In 2004, American Quarterly Basketball named Phillips as one of five high school coaches in the country “you should know.”

In 1999, she guided the women’s varsity team to its first state title at the Division I level. That same year, the Monarchs finished with a 31-0 record and Student Sports Magazine named Phillips National Coach of the Year.

In 2000, Phillips spent the year as the lead assistant women’s basketball’s coach at the University of California at Berkeley.

Phillips teamed up with Nike as a skills academy coach in May 2012 in Los Angeles, Portland, Maine and Augusta, Maine, and served as a national clinician. Over the past decade, Phillips has given various presentations throughout the country for both Nike and the USA Basketball Coach Academy. Championship Productions has produced two different videos on Phillips’ presentations: (1) offensive box sets and (2) defensive system for success presentations.

Phillips graduated from Archbishop Mitty High in 1986 with several scholarship offers in softball and basketball. Choosing to play softball at Northwestern University, Phillips became an All-Big Ten Conference and All-Region player.

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