Aug. 16, 2016

Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia men’s golf head coach Bowen Sargent announced today the hiring of John Phillips as the Cavaliers’ new assistant coach. Phillips joins the UVA program after spending the past five seasons at VCU.

Phillips was the Rams’ full-time assistant coach the past three years and served as a volunteer assistant in 2013-14 and a graduate assistant coach in 2012-13.

At UVA, Phillips will coordinate team travel, assist with administrative duties and recruiting and in player development. He is an Aimpoint Express certified instructor, a Putting Zone certified instructor and a Trackman Level I certified professional.

“I am honored to have John join our program,” Sargent said. “John comes to Virginia after several years working as the assistant coach at VCU under Matt Ball. John will be very valuable to our program in many ways but especially in recruiting and player development. As a Richmond native, John knows and understands golf in Virginia. Additionally, he’s created many new contacts internationally while recruiting for VCU. John has great knowledge of coaching and teaching, and he comes very highly recommended by both players and coaches, alike. I’m excited to get the season started with John on board.”

During his tenure at VCU, the Rams won six tournament titles, had five individual tournament medalists, saw 11 players receive all-conference honors and had six players named All-American Scholars.

As a player, Phillips was a four-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection and guided Bridgewater College to the 2010 ODAC team title and an appearance in that year’s NCAA Division III Championship. A two-year captain, Phillips was named a Cleveland/Srixon Academic All-American in 2011 and 2012.

Phillips graduated from Bridgewater with a degree in business administration. He is a product of the VCU Center for Sport Leadership. Phillips received his master’s in sport leadership from the program in 2013.