BELMONT, N.C. (June 27, 2014) — Belmont Abbey Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today the appointment of Jay Phillips as Head Men’s & Women’s Track & Field & Cross Country Coach at Belmont Abbey College. Phillips comes to Belmont Abbey from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he was the Associate Head Coach for Cross Country & Track & Field for eight years.
“It gives me great joy to be invited into the Abbey family,” Phillips said. “The Abbey is at the forefront of uniting athletic excellence with virtue, and for anyone who is moved by that purpose, there is no better place to call home. I can’t wait to meet, work with and mentor the young men and women God is gathering to this program.”
“We are thrilled to have Jay and his family join the Belmont Abbey College community,” Miss said. “Coach Phillips is a tremendous addition to our ever-improving staff, and we believe that his unique background is ideally suited to mentor and lead our young women. Coach Phillips possesses a spiritual, academic, and athletic skill set that will enable him to articulate and to promote the ‘sport properly directed’ initiatives that are central to Crusader Athletics.”
During his tenure at Mount Saint Mary’s, Phillips guided the sprinters and hurdlers to multiple NCAA Division I National Championship qualifications. His athletes earned numerous IC4A and ECAC Championship all-east honors and dozens of championship qualifications. His athletes broke eight school records, three Northeast Conference records, earned 20 NEC championship wins, two NEC Rookie of the Year honors, 34 NEC All-Conference honors, and 2 NEC Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year awards.
In 2010, Phillips started a “Faith and Athletics” program at Mount Saint Mary’s designed to integrate student-athletes vocation in sport with their call to live a virtuous life. In 2005, Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in theology and received two prestigious academic awards the Flanagan Memorial Prize and the Sheridan Award. Phillips earned his master’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in theology in 2008 and was a lecturer in the undergraduate theology department from 2008 until 2014.
As an athlete, Phillips was one of the Mount’s distinguished sprinters who consistently led the team on and off the track. A member of the Mount’s all-time top sprinters’ list, he was also a member of the Mount’s All-East 4x400m relay team that still holds the school record.
Phillips and his wife, Dale, were married in 2006. The couple has two children, Adelaide (Addie) and Isaiah.
Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students. For more information, visit belmontabbeycollege.edu or abbeyathletics.com.