College Sports

LU-Belleville hires new coach for women’s volleyball team

Christine Phillips
Christine Phillips

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

“Lindenwood University-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 comes to LU-Belleville after spending five seasons at the helm of the Maryville University women’s volleyball program. After inheriting a team that went 4-28 in the prior season, Phillips was able to double its win total.

In her first season with Maryville, Phillips had one player named All-GLVC Third Team, while academically they earned AVAC Team Honors.

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.

With how tough the American Midwest Conference (AMC) is, Coach Phillips still has high hopes for this upcoming season and beyond.

“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 No. 1 and 2 teams in the country are in your conference.”