College Sports

New Lynx volleyball coach has long track record

The Lindenwood University-Belleville Athletics Department announced the hiring of Chris Phillips as the new women’s volleyball head coach Wednesday.

“Lindenwood-Belleville is an up-and-coming University with lots of potential as an NAIA power,” said Phillips. “I am very excited to be part of something that’s going to be big.”

Phillips previously spent five seasons at the helm of the Maryville University women’s volleyball program. In 2014, she led the Saints to 15 wins, which is their most since the 1999 season. They also collected six Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) wins, the highest since they joined the league.

Prior to her stint with Maryville, Phillips was the head coach for six seasons at Gardner-Webb University. For 11 seasons before Gardner-Webb, she served as the head coach at Liberty University. Over that stretch, her teams made three NCAA tournament appearances (1997, 1999, 2001) and won Big South Conference titles in those same seasons.

Individually, she was named Big South Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2003 while being the all-time wins leader at Liberty.

“I hope to put together a team known for its work ethic and character,” said Phillips. “I always want to be competing to be the best in the conference, which is a tall order when the number one and two teams in the country are in your conference.”