Buzz Phillips first joined the Huntingdon College athletic department in 1991 and has spent 22 of the past 25 years with the Hawks.
Phillips served as Huntingdon's Director of Athletics from 2004 until January 2013. He currently serves as the head women's basketball coach and Director of Athletics Emeritus.
Phillips is in his 10th season as head coach of the Huntingdon women's basketball team. Entering the 2015-16 season, Phillips has a record of 118-100. Since the women's program was established in 1998, the Lady Hawks have won at least 15 games seven times. Phillips coached five of those teams.
Since beginning his coaching career in 1973, Phillips has an overall record of 544-299 at the college and high school level and has a record of 314-189 as women's head coach at the college and high school level.
In 2014-15, the Lady Hawks completed their second season in the USA South Athletic Conference. Huntingdon finished 13-12 overall and 7-9 in the conference. Huntingdon began competition in the USA South in 2013-14. The Lady Hawks finished with a 15-10 record overall and a 7-9 conference record. Huntingdon just missed a berth in the conference tournament both seasons.
The 2012-13 team set new standards for the women's program as the Lady Hawks reached the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time and defeated 24th-ranked Ferrum 84-67 in the first round. The Lady Hawks set the program record for wins in a season with a 19-10 record.
The 2011-12 team was 16-11 and reached the Great South Athletic Conference semifinals. The 2008-09 team was 16-12 and reached the GSAC championship game. Phillips was named the GSAC Coach of the Year in 2009. During the 2007-08 season, Phillips' team almost doubled its win total from the previous season and finished 15-12.
With Phillips at the helm, Huntingdon has produced 11 All-Conference performers and 47 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Conference. Following the 2014-15 season, Pat Pickens became the first Lady Hawk to earn All-Region honors as she was named second-team All-South Region. As a member of the Great South Athletic Conference, Phillips coached one GSAC Player of the Year (Tiffany Jordan) and one GSAC Freshman of the Year (Lori Bonds).
Before returning to Huntingdon, Phillips spent three years at Troy University. He joined the Trojan staff in the spring of 2001 as Director of Marketing. Phillips was the Director of Football Operations for two seasons and he also served as director of basketball and baseball operations and as the athletic department's director of special events.
During his tenure with the Trojans, Phillips received numerous awards from Troy University. He received the prestigious Trojan Award and later was named the Troy Alumni of the Year in 2003. In 2002, he was selected as the Women's Sports Foundation Joyce Sorrell Achievement Award recipient. In addition to his recognition from Troy, Phillips earned the 2004 All-America Football Foundation Bill Wade Unsung Hero Award.
Phillips spent most of the 1990's with Huntingdon College in various capacities. His first five seasons (1991-96), Phillips served as an assistant baseball coach. In 1997, Phillips helped revive the men's basketball program and became the Hawks' first head men's basketball coach since 1979. He was also assistant athletic director from 1996-2001.
In 2000-01, Phillips guided Huntingdon to the National Small College Athletic Association national title and was named "Coach of the Year" by the NSCAA.
Before entering the college coaching ranks, Phillips coached for 20 years at the prep level and handled the athletic directorship of the Sylacauga Recreation Department.
He attended Troy from 1967-70, earning his bachelor's degree in 1970. During his time at Troy, he was a student assistant for the football team and was a member of the 1968 NAIA national championship team. He was also a member of the baseball team in 1968 and 1969.
After leaving Troy as a student, Phillips attended Auburn University and the University of Montevallo, working on his master's degree.
A native of Montgomery, Ala., Phillips has been married for 46 years to the former Nancy Hart. The couple has a daughter, Kerri, and a son, Scott. The couple has three grandchildren, grandsons Kameron and John David, and a granddaughter, Mary Katherine.
Phillips' Record with the Lady Hawks
2013-14: 15-10 (First season in USA South)
2012-13: 19-10 (First NCAA Tournament appearance; GSAC Tournament champion)
2011-12: 16-11 (GSAC semifinals)
2008-09: 16-12 (GSAC Tournament runner-up)
2007-08: 15-12 (First full season as head coach)
2006-07: 6-8 (Partial season as head coach; took over a 2-10 team and finished 8-18)
2005-06: 9-8 (Partial season as head coach; took over a 2-7 team and finished 11-15)