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Head coach Kenny Phillips has brought an unyielding commitment to excellence to Fayetteville State University and expects the Broncos to contend for CIAA and NCAA Division II Championships on an annual basis.
A man with a proven record of success , Phillips' ability to motivate, teach and recruit at the highest level have helped him build one of the country's most consistent programs.
Entering his 12th season at FSU, Phillips has helped turn the Broncos into a perennial power in the CIAA. Since arriving in 2000, Phillips has posted 69 wins -- the most in FSU history --and amassed a 52-26 record in CIAA play.
Under Phillips the Broncos have made claimed three CIAA titles (2002, 2003 and 2009), made four CIAA Championship Game appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2009) and appeared in three NCAA Division II regional playoff contests (2002, 2004, 2009).
During his coaching career, Phillips has won five conference titles and appeared in three bowl games. In his 12 years as a head coach, Phillips has collected several coaching honors and awards. In 2002 and 2009 he was named the CIAA Coach of the Year and was honored as Most Outstanding Coach for the 2002 CIAA Championship Game.
The Washington D.C. Pigskin Club named Phillips its CIAA Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2009. He was also named the 100% Wrong Club's 2009 CIAA Coach of the Year.
FSU finished 3-7 in Phillips' first season. Since then, the Broncos have won eight or more games five times.
The Broncos compiled a 16-6 record and a .727 winning percentage during 2008 and 2009. The only two-year winning percentage better is a .785 percentage (11-3-1) from 1975-76. Phillips has coached 57 players named to the ALL-CIAA team, three CIAA Rookies of the Year, two CIAA Defensive Players of the Year and two CIAA Special Teams Players of the Year during his 10 years at FSU.
Phillips is among the best defensive coaches in the country and has the numbers to prove it.
In 2009, his defense finished fourth in the NCAA's Division II in pass defense efficiency, 11th in pass defense efficiency, fourth in tackles for loss, 10th in total defense and led the country in sacks per game.
The 2008 season, saw Phillips' defense second in pass defense efficiency, seventh in tackles for loss and scoring defensive and first in turnover margin.
A 1985 graduate of East Carolina University, Phillips' coaching career began as a student assistant coach with the Pirates. He worked with the outside linebackers, until entering the graduate program at his alma mater.
While earning his Master's Degree in Education Administration, Phillips remained on the football staff as a graduate assistant and became responsible for the defensive ends. Phillips made several coaching stops at other schools in North Carolina before arriving at FSU.
He served as an assistant coach in charge of strength and condition and defensive line at Catawba College in 1987, was North Carolina A & T University's defensive line and linebackers coach from 1988-95, was defensive special teams coordinator at Ohio University from 1995-97 before coaching defensive tackles at North Carolina State University from 1997-200.
During his time at N.C. A&T, the Aggies won back-to-back MEAC Championships (1991, 1992) and Phillips coached in the first Heritage Bowl. In 1998, Phillips and NCSU made their first appearance in the Micron Bowl against the University of Miami.
As a student-athlete, Phillips earned two letters as an outside linebacker at Chowan Junior College and as a linebacker at East Carolina University. He's a 1979 graduate of D.H. Conley High School and is a native of Greenville, N.C. Phillips is married to the former Beverly Ellison of Beaufort, N.C. and they have two daughters, Kendra and Kennedy.
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