Saturday , Dec , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Tulsa’s Phillips resigns

Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) – Tulsa head basketball coach John Phillips
announced his resignation Saturday. Phillips, however, will remain with
the school after accepting an extended offer as assistant athletics director.

Tulsa athletic director Judy MacLeod announced that Alvin “Pooh” Williamson
will take over on an interim basis for the rest of the 2004-05 campaign. Tulsa
is 2-5 so far this season.

“I want to say thanks to the University of Tulsa and Judy MacLeod for giving
me the opportunity to coach at TU,” Phillips said. “My hope is that all TU
fans will support the players through the remainder of the season and we will
all witness tremendous progress.”

Phillips, who became Tulsa’s 28th head basketball coach on April 9, 2001, had
a successful tenure with the Golden Hurricane, both as an assistant coach and
head coach. In three-plus seasons as head coach, Phillips compiled an overall
record of 61-42 for a .592 winning percentage.

Phillips ranks 10th on the career victories list and became only the second
coach in Golden Hurricane history to win 50 games in his first two seasons.

“Coach Phillips is truly one of the most honest, loyal and genuine people that
I know. He has been an extremely valued member of our athletic family and a
good friend. I look forward to him continuing at TU as an assistant athletics
director,” MacLeod said.