Phillips talked about the Flames' record-setting season
UIC's chance to continue in the postseason will be decided tomorrow during the NCAA Selection Show
UIC will face No. 2 Milwaukee in the Championship Final
The Flames enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the first time since the 2008 season
Andrew Putna garners four Horizon League honors as a freshman
One national championship. Three College Cups. And a key component in leading UIC to the winningest era in the history of the program. When officials welcomed Sean Phillips as the fifth head coach of the UIC men's soccer program, they knew they were getting a winner.
Prior to taking over the head coaching reins in 2010, Phillips served as the top assistant coach of the Flames since 2005. During his tenure, UIC advanced to three straight NCAA tournaments between 2006-2008. This included back-to-back Sweet 16 runs and an unprecedented trip to the Elite Eight in 2007. The Flames also achieved their greatest national rankings during Phillips' UIC career, including a school-best No. 4 ranking in 2008. In 2005, UIC enjoyed the sixth-biggest turnaround in the nation, capitalizing on a rebuilding project that began in the spring of 2005 when Phillips arrived with a new staff as the top assistant.
In his role as the program's top assistant, Phillips coordinated countless facets of the program, including recruiting, game strategy, training, scheduling, academics and much more.
Phillips began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Indiana University, in 2000. He helped the Hoosiers advance to three College Cups while on staff, winning a national championship in 2004 before heading to UIC. The Indiana Hoosiers also made a pair of trips to the College Cup during his playing career from 1991-94.
During the first three years of Phillips' tenure as head coach, UIC has recorded a pair of wins over Ohio State (one each in 2010 and 2012), captured one UIC Soccer Classic title and had two players collect All-Region honors a total of three times. Last season, the Flames finished third in the Horizon League's regular season, the program's highest finish since 2008.
Phillips is very active in the soccer community, serving as a clinician for "America Scores Chicago," a soccer league with the purpose of providing boys and girls with an alternative to spending after-school time on the streets. His players are also active in the organization, serving as coaches, while helping the program secure better equipment.
He also serves as the Technical Advisor for the Chicago United Futbol Club, an elite training program targeted to support all facets of youth soccer development, ranging from the initial stages of skill development to elite level training. Chicago United Futbol Club also counts Coach Phillips as a board member.
Phillips has become active with the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), coordinating attendance at UIC soccer games for students from UNO's charter schools, and consulting the organization's growing soccer programs. He recently served as a guest speaker at the UNO athletics banquet.
Phillips graduated with a bachelor's degree in Public Policy from Indiana in 1994, and earned his Master's in Sport Management from IU in 2002.
Phillips holds numerous coaching licenses, including an NSCAA Premier Diploma with Distinction, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma with Distinction, and an NSCAA Goalkeeper Level III Diploma.
UIC is a family affair for Phillips, as his wife Allison works for the University Office of Development. The family currently resides in Logan Square.
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