William Smith College Director of Athletics Deb Steward named Anne Phillips the head coach of the Heron lacrosse team in July of 2015. She is just the third coach to lead the William Smith lacrosse program.
In her first season with the Herons, Phillips led the team to a 12-8 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the Liberty League. William Smith captured its first Liberty League tournament championship since 2004. Phillips and her staff were named the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year. The Herons earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament topping Roger Williams 13-7 in the first round before falling to Gettysburg 4-2 in the second round.
In 2017, Phillips led the Herons to a program record 20 victories, finishing the year with a 20-2 overall mark. William Smith went a perfect 9-0 in the Liberty League capturing its second straight regular season and tournament titles. The Herons earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Herons set a program record for longest win streak, notching 17 straight victories from March 16 through May 20. William Smith advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2003. The Herons finished the year ranked No. 5 in the nation in the IWLCA poll. William Smith was ranked second in in Division III in win percentage (.909), and third in scoring defense (4.82) and save percentage (.571). The Herons also set a program record for caused turnovers in a season with 255. Phillips and her staff were named the Liberty League and ECAC North Coaching Staff of the Year. In addition, Phillips coached the IWLCA Senior All-Star game in 2017.
The Herons finished the 2018 season with a 15-5 overall record. William Smith went 9-1 in Liberty League play. The Herons captured their third straight Liberty League regular season and tournament titles. William Smith earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, making its 19th appearance in program history. The Herons advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Phillips has mentored two IWLCA first team All-Americans at William Smith (Allie Flaherty '17 in 2017 and Sarah Honan '17 in 2017). She has also coached one Liberty League Player of the Year (Flaherty in 2017) and one Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year (Honan in 2017).
Phillips spent seven seasons as the head coach of the Yale lacrosse team before coming to William Smith. Under Phillips, the Bulldogs posted some of the best defensive numbers in the country, ranking 13th in the nation in scoring defense in 2014 and 18th in 2015. Phillips mentored 19 All-Ivy League selections at Yale, including four in each of the past two years. Her teams also earned IWLCA Academic squad honors in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Prior to Yale, Phillips served as the head coach at Franklin & Marshall for six seasons. She posted a 93-24 record (.795), making her the school's all-time leader in wins. Phillips led the Diplomats to Centennial Conference Championships in 2007 and 2008 and three straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2006-2008. In 2007, she guided the team to an undefeated season that culminated in winning the NCAA Division III National Championship which was hosted by William Smith on McCooey Field. The Diplomats defeated conference rival Gettysburg 13-7 in the national semifinals and then topped Salisbury 11-8 to capture the program's first national title.
In 2007, Phillips was tabbed the IWLCA Division III National Coach of the Year. At F&M, Phillips coached 18 IWLCA All-Americans and six of the Diplomats' top 10 all-time leading scorers. Franklin & Marshall was ranked in the top 10 nationally in each of Phillips' years as coach.
A native of West Chester, Pa., and a graduate of Franklin & Marshall, Phillips helped found the Diplomat women's lacrosse program. She played on the school's first team in 1977. She scored 99 goals and logged 46 assists in two seasons before her career was cut short due to injury.
Phillips is the chair of the US Lacrosse National and U19 Team Coach Selection Committee. She helped select the U.S. rosters that won the World Cup in 2009 and 2013, serving as the chair of the U.S. Lacrosse National Team Selection Committee from 2008-2013. Phillips has been a member of the National All-American Selection Committee since 2003 and has been a member of the United States Lacrosse Coaches Council since 2006.