Anne Phillips
Anne Phillips
Title: Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach
Phone: 203-432-1486
Hometown: West Chester, Pa.
Previous College: Franklin & Marshall '80
Years at Yale: 2014-15 is 7th Year at Yale

Anne Phillips, who led Franklin & Marshall to an NCAA Championship and was the IWLCA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2007, was named Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse on June 23, 2008. Phillips is the eighth head coach in the history of Yale women's lacrosse.

Phillips' last three seasons have produced the three best won-lost records of her tenure, including a 9-6 mark in 2014 that was Yale’s best record since 2008. That marked the third straight season that the team improved its win total over the previous season -- the first time Yale had done that since 1993-95. In 2015, the Bulldogs were in contention for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament until the season’s final game.

Under Phillips Yale has posted some of the best defensive numbers in the country during the past two seasons, ranking 13th in the country in scoring defense in 2014 and 18th in 2015. In both of those years the team ranked second in the Ivy League defensively. The majority of that defense returns for 2016, with four defenders who started nine or more games coming back.

In 2014 under Phillips the Bulldogs finished with their best record in six years. They allowed 44 fewer goals than they did in 2013 -- a 26 percent improvement. Individually, sophomore Nicole Daniggelis earned All-Northeast Region honors for the second straight season. 

In 2013 Phillips helped the Bulldogs score 32 more goals than they scored in 2012, a remarkable 23 percent increase.

Phillips’ teams have left their marks in the Yale record books as well. The 2014 team ranks third in caused turnovers (140), seventh in ground balls (243) and 11th in assists (66). The 2013 team set the school record for draw controls (205) and ranks 11th with 169 goals scored.

During Phillips' first seven years in New Haven, the Bulldogs have had 19 All-Ivy League selections -- including four in each of the past two seasons, the most since the 2008 season: 

  • 2009 (3): Jenn Warden (Second Team); Kaitlyn Flatley, Whitney Quackenbush (Honorable Mention)
  • 2010 (3): Michele Fiorentino, Devon Rhodes (Second Team); Whitney Quackenbush (Honorable Mention)
  • 2011 (2): Fielding Kidd (Second Team); Kaitlyn Flatley (Honorable Mention)
  • 2012 (1): Caroline Crow (Second Team)
  • 2013 (2): Nicole Daniggelis (First Team); Devon Rhodes (Second Team)
  • 2014 (4): Nicole Daniggelis (First Team); Jen DeVito, Adrienne Tarver (Second Team); Christina Doherty (Honorable Mention)
  • 2015 (4): Christina Doherty (Second Team); Kerri Fleishhacker (Second Team); Victoria Moore (Second Team); Erin Mullins (Honorable Mention)

Yale has also had four Academic All-Ivy League selections during Phillips' first seven seasons:

  • 2009: Jenn Warden
  • 2010: Claire Eliasberg
  • 2011: Myra Trivellas
  • 2014: Kallie Parchman

Yale also earned IWLCA Academic Squad honors in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

The Bulldogs have been active in community service during Phillips' tenure, "adopting" a local girl named Alanna who was undergoing chemotherapy at Smilow Cancer Hospital in 2010. They also played in a special fundraiser game for Hurricane Sandy relief at Oceanside, N.Y., in April of 2013. Phillips is on the board of Inner City Lacrosse, a program designed to teach lacrosse and life skills to local underprivileged children.

Phillips’ time at Yale has also been marked by the debut of multiple alumnae initiatives, including an annual Alumnae Game. She helped start the team’s Big Sister program, which pairs current Yale student-athletes with alums for career and life advice.

Phillips posted a 93-24 record (.795) in her six seasons at F&M, making her the school's all-time leader in wins. Phillips also coached 18 individual IWLCA All-Americans and six of F&M's top 10 all-time leading scorers in her tenure.

A 1980 Franklin & Marshall graduate, Phillips revitalized the F&M program in her six seasons in Lancaster. She took over a team that had gone 8-7 in 2002 and led the Diplomats to a 14-5 record and ECAC Championship in 2003. The team won another ECAC Championship in 2005, then made the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 2006.

The Diplomats were ranked in the top 10 nationally in each of Phillips' years, but in 2007 they reached new heights. The team achieved No. 1 in the rankings for the first time, winning its first Centennial Conference Championship in 14 years. The Diplomats finished off an undefeated season -- 21-0 -- with a win over Salisbury in the NCAA Division III Championship. They ranked second in the country in scoring defense (5.33 goals allowed per game) and seventh in the country in scoring offense (15.19 goals per game). The team also was an IWLCA National Academic Merit Squad selection.

F&M went 19-2 in 2008, winning another Centennial Conference Championship and reaching the NCAA Division III Championship game again before falling to Hamilton. The Diplomats were ranked fifth in the country in scoring defense (6.71 goals allowed per game).

A native of West Chester, Pa., Phillips helped found the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse program. Then known as Anne Ricciuti, she played on the school's first team in 1977. She scored 99 goals and had 46 assists in two seasons as an attacker before her career was cut short by knee injuries. She was also on the field hockey team, which went 51-20-7 in her four years, and is seventh on the school's career goals list in that sport with 38.

After receiving her degree in economics from F&M, Phillips spent nine years with Deluxe Check Printers in St. Paul, Minn., rising to the level of Regional Computer Operations Manager. She began her coaching career with Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, Pa., in 1998. She gradually turned that program around from a 1-17 record her first season to a 19-1-1 mark and a state championship in her final season, 2001. She was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year.

Phillips is chairman of the US Lacrosse National Team Selection Committee, and helped select the U.S. rosters that won the World Cup in 2009 and 2013. She also helped select the U.S. roster that won the Under-19 World Championship in 2011. She was also a US Lacrosse National Team selector in 2007. She has been a member of the National All-American Selection Committee since 2003 and has been a member of the United States Lacrosse Coaches Council since 2006. Phillips was also the director of Girls' Lacrosse for the Keystone State Games from 1998 to 2002. 

Anne Phillips Head Coaching Record

2003 F&M 14-5 ECAC Champions
2004 F&M 10-9
2005 F&M 14-3 ECAC Champions
2006 F&M 15-5 NCAA Elite Eight Regional Finalist
2007 F&M 21-0 NCAA National Champions, Centennial Conference Champions
2008 F&M 19-2 NCAA National Finalists, Centennial Conference Champions
2009 Yale 5-11
2010 Yale 6-9
2011 Yale 3-12
2012 Yale 5-10
2013 Yale 8-7
2014 Yale 9-6
2015 Yale 7-8

Total 136-87 (.610)


Anne Phillips Head Coaching Highlights

  • Three straight NCAA Tournament appearances 2006-2008
  • NCAA Championship (2007)
  • 18 Individual IWLCA All-Americans in first six seasons
  • 2007 IWLCA Division III National Coach of the Year
  • Chairman of US Lacrosse National Team Selection Committee

Updated May 22, 2015