Annapolis Native Michael Phipps Joins the Navy Lacrosse Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Fourth-year Navy men's lacrosse coach Rick Sowell announced Monday that Michael Phipps has joined the program as an assistant coach.

"I am thrilled to welcome Michael to our staff," said Sowell. "He brings a keen eye for evaluating talent, a fresh offensive perspective and an overall enthusiasm as a coach that I know both our staff and players are going to benefit from going forward. With his pedigree, playing for Dave Cottle at Maryland and then learning from and coaching alongside Jon Torpey at High Point, both of whom I greatly respect, our men will thrive from his vast knowledge and creative ideas. Navy lacrosse could not be happier to welcome Michael to the Yard."

"There were several quality candidates who showed interest in our coaching position held by J.L. Reppert, but after spending time with Mike and discussing a variety of topics, it was clear he's the right man for our program. I want to thank J.L. for his dedication and loyalty to his alma mater over the last three seasons and wish he and his family the best as they embark upon a new challenge."

"I would like to thank Coach Sowell and the entire Naval Academy athletic administration for the opportunity to join one of the most well respected and historic lacrosse programs and academic institutions in the country. Having grown up in Annapolis, I am very familiar with the unbelievable tradition of the program and am honored to now be a part of the Navy lacrosse family."

A native of Annapolis, Phipps returns home after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at High Point University in North Carolina. While at High Point, along with his offensive duties he helped develop the goalkeepers. Under his direction, Austin Geisler finished the 2014 season ranked No. 2 nationally in saves per game (13.63), No. 5 in save percentage (59.2) and No. 20 in goals-against average (9.48). In 2013, Geisler was ranked 13th, averaging 12 saves per contest.

High Point is one of the newest Div. I teams in the country. The Panthers' turned in a 3-12 mark in their inaugural season (2013), before turning the corner a year later and posting a 9-7 mark that featured a 4-1 record as a member of the Atlantic Sun. Additionally, High Point came within just a goal from earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament, dropping an 8-7 decision to Richmond in the Atlantic Sun Championship.

Prior to his stint at High Point, Phipps spent two seasons (2010-11) as the offensive coordinator at the Severn School in Maryland, one of the top prep programs in the country.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland, Phipps was a three-year starter on attack for the Terrapins and garnered Honorable Mention All-America honors as a senior. He amassed 95 points (48G, 47A) over the course of his career, including a team-high 50 points and 28 goals his senior year. He was the recipient of the Van Trump Award as a senior, honoring the team's best attackman.

Phipps went on to play professionally in Major League Lacrosse from 2008-10 as a member of the Los Angeles Riptide and Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Upon graduation, Phipps served as Director of Lacrosse Operations at his alma mater for the 2008 season, assisting in numerous areas of the program while serving as a mentor for the freshman attackmen. He handled travel arrangements and budgeting and assisted with film analysis and scouting.

Phipps comes from a strong pedigree of lacrosse players. His grandfather, Buster Phipps, was an All-American at Maryland and played football under Paul "Bear" Bryant. He went on to serve as an assistant coach at Navy under the legendary Willis Bilderback from 1959-72. Phipps helped lead Navy to nine USILA National Championship titles, including eight straight from 1960-67. During that legendary run (1960-67), the Mids put together an impressive 79-8 record that featured back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1964 and '65.

Phipps' father, Wilson, was a member of Maryland's last NCAA Championship team (1975). Meanwhile, his younger brother, Brian, was a four-year starter in goal for the Terps and garnered All-America recognition as a senior in 2010. Like his grandfather and older brother, he, too is found his way into coaching and is in his third season as an assistant coach at Georgetown.

Phipps and his wife, Maggie, plan to reside in the Annapolis area.

2014-08-25



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