|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|Previous College:||Appalachian State, 2012|
McKenzie Phillips enters her first season with Belmont Softball for the 2016-17 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach.
She spent three years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Appalachian State.
A 2012 ASU graduate, Phillips enjoyed a successful playing career with the Apps. As a senior in 2011, she started 49 games at shortstop and ranked second on the team with 16 walks. She also finished in the squad’s top-five in on-base percentage (.326), triples (1), sacrifice bunts (3) and stolen base percentage (.667).
In just two seasons, Phillips left her mark as team captain and in the ASU record books, as her 52 hits in 2010 ranked sixth in the program annals, while her four sacrifice flies in the same season tied the single-season record. Upon the conclusion of her playing career, Phillips also put her name in the program’s career record book, standing eighth in batting average (.277), 10th in on-base percentage (.334) and tied for fourth in sacrifice flies (6).
Beginning in the 2011 Fall semester, Phillips served as an undergraduate assistant coach with ASU. She specialized in implementing practice plans and working to improve player fundamentals. Prior to joining the staff at ASU, Phillips led Heartland Community College to the 2009 NJCAA Division II softball national championship and served as team captain.
Phillips graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management. While at ASU, she earned Dean’s List honors as well as the Southern Conference Commissioner’s Medal for achievement in the classroom.