Sue Phillips is currently in her 15th year as the Program Director and member of the coaching staff of the San Jose Cagers women’s basketball program. She is also in her 23nd year as a math teacher and the head coach of women’s basketball at Archbishop Mitty High School where she maintains a high school record of 638 – 124, including last season’s Central Coast Section Championship title. Under Coach Phillips’ direction, Archbishop Mitty High has captured 22 WCAL league titles, 19 CCS titles, 12 Northern California titles, and 6 CIF state championships. In 1999, Coach Phillips guided the women’s varsity team to its first state title at the Division I level. That same year, the Monarchs finished with a 31-0 record, and Coach Phillips was named National Coach-of-the-Year by Student Sports Magazine. In 2000, aside from coaching at Archbishop Mitty High, Coach Phillips spent the year as the lead assistant of the women’s basketball program at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2004, American Quarterly Basketball named her as one of five high school coaches in the country that “you should know.” Coach Phillips’ program at Archbishop Mitty has produced over 50 NCAA Division One athletes including WNBA standout Danielle Robinson and Olympian Kerri Walsh.
Coach Phillips has also teamed up with Nike. The Archbishop Mitty High women’s basketball program is a Nike sponsored program and maintains a varsity apparel sponsorship with the company. Coach Phillips assists Nike as a Regional Nike Skills Academy Coach and, over the past two years, Sue has been a Nike Championship Clinic Speaker in Chicago, Portland and St. Louis where she has given her presentation on Defensive Systems for Success.
Coach Phillips graduated from Archbishop Mitty High in 1986 with several scholarship offers. Choosing to play softball at Northwestern University over basketball at Cal, Sue became an All-Big Ten and All-Region player for the Wildcats before returning to Mitty as a math teacher and coach. She resides in San Jose.
Fresh off her gold medal win as Head Coach of Team USA’s U17 girls at the FIBA World Championships (http://www.fiba.com/world/u17women/2014), Coach Phillips enters her 15th year as Program Director of the San Jose Cagers and Head Coach of the blue team. Her distinguished coaching career includes numerous accomplishments at the high school, collegiate and international levels:
Archbishop Mitty High School
Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, Math Teacher
Winning record of 667 – 125
National Championship 2018
Naismith & WBCA National Coach of the Year 2018
McDonald’s All American Head Coach
31 West Catholic Athletic League titles
28 Central Coast Section titles
12 CIF Northern California titles
6 CIF California State Championships
Head Coach, Women’s U17 Team
2013 FIBA Americas Gold Medal Championship
2014 World Champions Gold Medal Championship
Named Developmental Coach of the Year
Voting member of Team USA player selection committee
University of California Berkeley
Lead Assistant Coach, Women’s Basketball
The following areas are of key importance in Coach Phillips’ philosophy towards coaching.
In a recent article published by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the dangers of too much training and competition were discussed.
“Not only are overuse injuries in young athletes likely much more common than is realized, these injuries can require lengthy recovery periods, and in some cases, they can result in long-term health consequences,” says lead author John P. DiFiori, M.D., Chief of Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopaedics at UCLA, and AMSSM President.
For the 44 million U.S. children and adolescents between 6-18 years who participate in some form of organized athletics, youth sports can be an enjoyable and beneficial experience, offering opportunities to increase self-esteem, peer socialization and general fitness. However, an emphasis on competition, collegiate scholarships and elite-level success has led to increased pressure to begin high-intensity training at young ages, often in only one sport. Consequently, overuse injuries and burnout are affecting many young athletes.”
As an organization, the Cagers understand the competitive nature of basketball and the trend of sport specialization. We realize that balancing both the academic and athletic demands of high school might lend itself to choosing a single sport, however, we want to guard against sport specialization at an age when it it is not necessary. We choose to not offer a year round program for grades 5 – 8, so that these young athletes can play multiple sports and reduce the risk of overuse injuries and burnout.
Head Coach – 8th grade (spring), Cagers White (summer)
Jeff just completed his fifth year coaching at Archbishop Mitty High School, where he currently serves as the head coach for the women’s junior varsity team. He was also on the coaching staff of the 2016 women’s varsity team that won the WCAL and CCS Open Division Championship. Jeff has been a part of two state championships, three NorCal championships, and four WCAL championships. Prior to that he coached at Cupertino High School, St Justin School and for the Bay Area Tarheels. In his spare time, Jeff is a volunteer coach for the San Jose Ninja Youth Club and enjoys hunting and fishing.
Brett Nichols has been the real “backbone” behind the Cager strength & conditioning program. Brett has a Bachelors of Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and training certifications from NSCA, RKC, USAW and FRCms. Brett brings a positive attitude and proper instruction for our players to improve their core strength, diet and creating life long health habits.
Head Coach – 7th grade (spring), Cagers Grey (summer)
David “Coach Matt” Doyon has been a member of the San Jose Cagers coaching staff since 2011. He is married to his wife Alta and has a daughter Tatiana in her twenties. Coach Matt is a 7th grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Peter Burnett Middle School in San Jose, Ca. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from NHU and a master’s degree in Education from UCSC. His previous coaching experience includes head coaching and assistant positions at Piedmont Middle School and James Lick High School. Also, Coach Matt has been involved in coaching and officiating NJB and AAU club basketball since 2003. Matt is currently the frosh assistant coach for women’s basketball at Archbishop Mitty High School. He believes that players are students first and athletes second and incorporates that philosophy into his basketball pedagogy.
Head Coach – Cagers Gold (summer)
Coach Rich Stephens has over 20 years experience coaching at the AAU, middle school and high school level. Coach Rich currently coaches with both the Archbishop Mitty Girl’s JV and Varsity teams. Coach Rich is married to Eva and has two daughters; Kimi, a former Water Polo player at UCSB and Hannah, a former basketball player at Archbishop Mitty, University of Utah and UC Davis.