Joe Phillips is in his 20th season
as head coach of his alma-mater, Northwestern
Oklahoma State University. In 19 seasons at the
helm of the Ranger baseball program, he has
compiled a 444-491 career record and has won more
games at Northwestern than any other coach in the
Rangersí athletic history.
Last season, Phillips led
Northwestern to a 13-26 record and to its 10th
consecutive postseason appearance.
Since Northwestern joined the
Sooner Athletic Conference in 2001, the Rangers
have made the postseason conference tournament
each season, a feat that only one other conference
team has experienced.
In his 19-year stint as the
Rangersí head coach, he has turned in 10 winning
seasons and has posted six seasons with more than
30 wins, including owning the programís best
season in 2001 with a 49-12 record. He has coached
five all-Americans and has produced numerous
professional prospects during his stay in Alva.
Born and raised in Arkansas City,
Kansas, Phillips has been a part of the Ranger
baseball program since he arrived on campus in
1982. He played two seasons for the Rangers
(1982-83), after completing two seasons at Cowley
County (Kan.) Community College. The power-hitting
first baseman started both seasons for
Northwestern and holds the team record for most
home runs in a game with three.
After completing his eligibility
as a player, Phillips turned to the coaching ranks
where he began as a graduate assistant coach in
1984. He remained in that capacity until the
summer 1988, when he was named the head coach.
During the 2001 season, Phillips
led the Rangers to several season bests. The squad
set a record for most wins in a season with 49 and
led the NAIA in batting average (.393) and runs
scored (595). That same year, Northwestern
achieved its highest NAIA national ranking, being
rated seventh in the country.
In his tenure, Phillips has
coached five NAIA All-Americans, including
two-time first-team All-American and Northwestern
Sports Hall of Famer Tom Zanca. He also has
produced three NAIA Academic All-Americans.
Phillips obtained his bachelorís
degree in health and physical education in 1984
from Northwestern and later earned a masterís
degree in education in 1988.
Joe, and his wife, Tanya, have two sons, Jake
(20), a sophomore at Northwestern Oklahoma State,
and Pete (17) and a daughter, Taryn (14).