Sugar Bears Tiffany Phillips named associate head coach
CONWAY, Ark. – More news for the coaching staff of the Central Arkansas women’s basketball team, as head coach Sandra Rushing announces elevation of assistant coach Tiffany Phillips in the role of Associate Head Coach.
The move comes after Phillips completed his sixth season with the Sugar Bears, with last season marking the first year of his second stint; Phillips was previously on staff from 2006 to 2011.
“Coach Phillips is such an integral part of our program. The knowledge and passion for the game she brings every day is exceptional,” Rushing said of his senior assistant. “She has an incredible work ethic and is a great role model for our players. She works tirelessly to make sure we continue to improve this program.”
Phillips has been instrumental in the development of post players since his return to Conway, most notably with artist All-ASUN lucy ibeh. After winning the Southland Newcomer of the Year award in her first season as a Sugar Bear, Ibeh moved to ASUN in the aftermath, increasing her rebounding numbers to a league-leading 10.3 boards per game. . Under Phillips’ tutelage, Ibeh became the first Sugar Bear to record more than 10 double-doubles in a single season since 2014 and became the second player in Central Arkansas’ Division I history to average a double double for an entire year.
In addition to on-field development, Phillips is also a key figure in the recruiting process as the Sugar Bears look to adapt and revamp for a second season in ASUN. This year, the Sugar Bears have signed a slew of young talent, including incoming freshmen Parris Atkins and Kaleigh Thompson, two All-State and All-Star guards from Bryant and Lonoke, Ark., respectively. Class also includes length and height, with Anjanae Mueck’s 2.9 blocks per game and Ciara Brannon’s 6-2 frame wearing purple and gray next season.
Phillips’ dedication to the program can only put the Sugar Bears on an upward trajectory as the team builds on last season and continues the development of the freshman point guard. Randrea Wright.
“I trust her a lot and she’s very loyal to me and the program. She bleeds purple and is invested in our program and its future,” Rushing added. “Tiffany is not only a great coach, but a wonderful person. We are lucky to have her in our program and it is a well-deserved recognition for her.”