Melissa Phillips will begin her third season as head women’s soccer coach at CSU Bakersfield in the Fall of 2013, the first for the program in the Western Athletic Conference.
Upon her hire in 2011 at age 23, Phillips is the youngest head coach in Division I.
She has posted a 9-25-3 record. In the two seasons as head coach Phillips has guided the program in steady progress. In her second season, the program doubled its win total from the first season and tied the most win’s thus far at Division I. In 2012, the Roadrunners posted a 5-1 win over NCAA tournament team and conference champion Idaho State. Phillips helped the program recorded highs in statistical categories including goals, assists, shots, corners, and opponents saves against. All of which statistics were greater than opponents recorded against the Roadrunners in the Fall.
Before taking over from Nicole Van Dyke, Phillips served as an assistant coach at CSUB for two seasons. In 2010, the Roadrunners beat one NCAA tournament team, Sacramento State, while drawing against two others, San Diego and Fresno State.
In the classroom, her team has earned the athletic departments highest GPA as well as NSCAA All-Academic team honors in each of the last four seasons 2009-2012. She has experience in all facets of the program including co-directing the CSUB summer youth soccer camps for all age and skill levels that produce over 300 kids per summer.
Phillips holds a USSF National B coaching license. Phillips has coached the U12 and the U16 girls soccer teams with the Bakersfield Gunners. She also served as an assistant coach at Hilmar High School and with the Turlock Tornados club soccer team.
Prior to arriving in Bakersfield, Phillips was a standout defender for Cal State Stanislaus. As a member of the Warriors’ squad, she was slected first-team All-CCAA three times. During her senior season, she garnered Daktronics/CoSida first team All-West Region and Adidas/NSCAA second team All-West Region honors.
Phillips served as team captain her junior and senior seasons and was voted team MVP both years. Phillips graduated from Roseville High School and played for the Placer United club team and the District VI ODP team.
Phillips graduated in 2009 with her bachelor degree in physical education and kinesiology. She received the CCAA All-Academic Award three times, maintaining a 3.5 GPA. She finished her masters of education degree in curriculum and instruction at CSU Bakersfield in the Spring of 2011.