|Title:||Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach|
|Hometown:||West Chester, Pa.|
|College:||Franklin & Marshall '80|
|Years at Yale:||6th 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 32-year history of Yale women's lacrosse.
In 2013 the Bulldogs finished with their best record in five years, improving their win total over the previous season for the second straight year. They scored 32 more goals than they scored in 2012, a remarkable 23 percent increase. They also set the school record for draw controls (205). Individually, freshman Nicole Daniggelis earned All-Northeast Region honors from the IWLCA and was named to Synapse Sports' national All-Rookie Team.
During Phillips' first five years in New Haven, the Bulldogs have had 11 All-Ivy League selections:
- 2009: Jenn Warden (Second Team); Kaitlyn Flatley, Whitney Quackenbush (Honorable Mention)
- 2010: Michele Fiorentino, Devon Rhodes (Second Team); Whitney Quackenbush (Honorable Mention)
- 2011: Fielding Kidd (Second Team); Kaitlyn Flatley (Honorable Mention)
- 2012: Caroline Crow (Second Team)
- 2013: Nicole Daniggelis (First Team); Devon Rhodes (Second Team)
Yale has also had three Academic All-Ivy League selections during Phillips' tenure:
- 2009: Jenn Warden
- 2010: Claire Eliasberg
- 2011: Myra Trivellas
Yale also earned IWLCA Academic Squad honors in 2010 and 2011.
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 posted a 93-24 record (.795) in her six seasons at F&M, making her the school's all-time leader in both wins and winning percentage. That winning percentage put her third among active Division III head coaches at the end of her final season. 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 was 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 14-5 ECAC Champions 2004 10-9 2005 14-3 ECAC Champions 2006 15-5 NCAA Elite Eight Regional Finalist 2007 21-0 NCAA National Champions, Centennial Conference Champions 2008 19-2 NCAA National Finalists, Centennial Conference Champions 2009 5-11 2010 6-9 2011 3-12 2012 5-10 2013 8-7
Total 120-73 (.622)
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 20, 2013