UVU to introduce Mark Madsen as new head coach 15

Mark Madsen, UVU’s new men's basketball head coach, makes his way into the NUVI Basketball Center for a press conference on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Orem.

Mark Madsen announced on Friday the hiring of Todd Phillips as an assistant coach on his men’s basketball staff at Utah Valley. Phillips comes to UVU after nine seasons as the head coach at Salt Lake Community College.

“Todd Phillips is a brilliant basketball mind and a workaholic,” said Madsen. “Todd has led his team to national championships and has developed his players into great professionals both overseas and in the NBA. He is a proven winner. From the first day I sat down with him, I felt his passion for the game. I am thrilled to welcome coach Phillips and his wife Bobbi to the Utah Valley family. He will have an immediate impact on this community and our players.”

Phillips recently wrapped up his eighth season as the head coach at Salt Lake Community College. He compiled a 205-58 (.779) overall record and an 82-32 mark in Scenic West Athletic Conference play during his time with the Bruins.

Phillips led his team to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national title in 2016 as the No. 13 seed. His 2015-16 team compiled a 31-8 overall record and finished the season with nine straight wins to claim the national championship. He was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year for his accomplishments during the 2015-16 season. Former Wolverine Conner Toolson was named NJCAA Tournament MVP under Phillips guidance in 2016.

“I am thrilled to be joining coach Madsen,” said Phillips. “It is an exciting time here at UVU. There is a great foundation that has been built in the basketball program. I look forward to being part of the Wolverine family and moving the program to even greater heights.”

During his tenure at SLCC, Phillips led his team to four NJCAA Tournament appearances, four Region 18 Tournament championships, three SWAC regular season titles, and one NJCAA tournament championship. He earned SWAC Coach of the Year honors in 2013, 2015, and 2018. He also received the Region 18 Co-Coach of the Year award in 2018.

Prior to his time as head coach of the Bruins, Phillips served three seasons as an assistant coach at SLCC under legendary head coach Norm Parrish. During his time as an assistant coach with SLCC, he helped the Bruins win their first-ever national title in 2009. He also spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Westminster College in Salt Lake beginning in 2000. During his time at Westminster, he helped lead the Griffins to eight 20-plus win seasons, six conference titles, and six NAIA National Tournament berths.

Phillips played basketball at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. After his graduation from Snow, Phillips continued his playing career at Lewis and Clark State College from 1997-99. He received his bachelor’s degree in education and kinesiology from Lewis and Clark State and later earned a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Utah.

He and his wife, Bobbi, are both originally from Boise, Idaho and have one daughter, Kinzi.

Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.

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