|Title:||Head Coach, Women's Volleyball|
Coach Callie Phillips brings fifteen years of coaching experience to the Johnson & Wales volleyball program. She considers it an honor and a privilege to be the head coach at Johnson & Wales and works hard to maintain a program that reflects the school's values and makes its faculty, staff, and students proud.
Coach Phillips played her high school ball at West Davidson High School in Lexington, NC where she earned three all-conference selections her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons and was named Conference Player of the Year in her final season. She was a part of three thrilling state playoff runs with the Green Dragons and helped establish a tradition of excellence in volleyball at West Davidson High School. Due to health concerns, her playing days were cut short after high school, but she continued to be active with various clubs and teams as she completed her college coursework.
Upon graduation from Appalachian State University in 2000, Coach Phillips returned to her alma mater high school as a varsity assistant. The next year, she continued as a varsity assistant and took over the junior varsity team, leading it to conference championships in 2001 and 2002 and a 20-win season in 2002. In 2003, she moved on to Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord, NC where the school was in its third season. As head coach, she worked to establish a competitive program there from 2003-2008 that was highlighted by a 2005 team that won the conference regular season and tournament titles. This team also claimed the district title and finished as the regional runner-up. Coach Phillips compiled a record of 88-44 while at Jay M. Robinson and was awarded the Conference Coach of the Year award in 2005. Several of her players continued their athletic careers in college.
The JWU program has made leaps and bounds throughout Coach Phillips's tenure. After finishing 3-23 in its first season, the team increased its win total to win nine matches in 2011. 2012 marked the program's first winning season at 17-10, and the team also qualified for the USCAA National Championships and finished the year with a record of 18-14. 2013 was a breakout season for the Wildcats, who posted wins against some tough teams in the region and registered the athletic department's first 20-win season. These efforts earned the Wildcats another USCAA tournament bid, and the team finished the year with a record of 24-13. The 2014 campaign demonstrated continued gains in competitive success, but injuries and a short-handed team derailed the Wildcats' efforts for a third straight tournament appearance. The team ended that year with a record of 13-23.
A 2011 recipient of the UCB Rheumatoid Arthritis Scholarship, Coach Phillips completed her master's degree in Sports Administration with a concentration in academic advising from Wingate University in 2013. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Coach Phillips's teams at JWU have led the nation in USCAA Volleyball Academic All-American Award recipients for three straight years from 2011-2013, and the program has 17 award winners. She has also had five players receive All-American honors over that span. She serves on various committees at the university and national levels and is the chair of the USCAA Volleyball Committee.
Coach Phillips believes in hard work, determination, intelligence on the court, and teamwork. Her team supports these values and is gaining more support on campus and in the community. She completed her high school teaching career as a special education lead teacher for Cabarrus County Schools before joining JWU in a full-time capacity in July 2014. She is a North Carolina native and lives with her spouse in Harrisburg, NC.