William Smith College Head Lacrosse Coach Anne Phillips was named the 2019 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Empire Region Coach of the Year. This is the second time Phillips has been named coach of the year in four seasons in charge of the Heron lacrosse program.
This spring, Phillips guided William Smith to a 17-3 overall and the second round of the NCAA tournament. The 17 wins are the second most in a season in program history. With a roster comprised of 21 first-years or sophomores, the Herons were 10-0 in conference play and won the Liberty League regular season and tournament titles for the fourth straight year.
Phillips and her assistants were also named the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year. William Smith finished the season ranked 14th in Division III in winning percentage (.850) and 17th in scoring defense (7.10).
Phillips mentored 2019 IWLCA second team All-American and Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year Mekayla Montgomery. The Herons had a league-high five players earn first team all-league honors. Three players were IWLCA All-Empire region selections. In total Phillips has mentored five All-Americans, 12 All-Empire region selections and 16 All-Liberty League first team selections at William Smith.
In her four years with the Herons, Phillips is 64-18. Her 64 wins are the most in any four-year span in Heron history. Phillips is 200-105 in 17 seasons as a collegiate head coach. She earned her 200th win with a 12-11 victory over Ithaca in the Liberty League Championship game.