Episode 36: Sue Phillips, Head Coach Women’s Basketball #1 Ranked Archbishop Mitty High School – ” The Mindset of a Championship Culture” – Episode 36

Sue Phillips, Varsity Head Coach Women’s Basketball, #1 Ranked Archbishop Mitty High School, talks about “The Mindset of a Championship Culture”. She reflects on her 26 year career at Archbishop Mitty and shares what the key ingredients are to her programs success. Producing 21 league championships, 20 CCS Championships, 12 Nor Cal Championships, and six state championships, along with several coach of the year awards. Coach Phillips, was recently awarded the prestigious Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s National High School Coach of Year and the Naismith National High School Coach of Year. With 667 wins under her belt, her focus is about one game at a time and she pays respect to her staff, faculty and all the players that have committed themselves to the Monarch culture that have been a part of the overall success. Considering the winning culture she has created, she talks about how she coaches her players to managed the “hype”, with regards to rankings and social media. She stresses to players to never ride the high’s to high and the low’s to low. For a program that has only lost 125 times in the past 26 years, she shares how she coaches her players to deal with losses. From Coach Phillips perspective, losing is part of the process and great lessons for development come from a loss. When you think about the great coaches within women’s basketball at any level. Coach Phillips will arguably go down in history as one of the best.

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