November 15, 2012

Former Softball Player Sarah Phillips Named Assistant Coach at Radford University

Taken from Radford University's athletic website - www.ruhighlanders.com.

RADFORD, Va. – Former North Georgia College & State University softball player Sarah Phillips has been named assistant softball coach at Radford University, announced first-year head softball coach Maggie Johnson. Phillips, a two-time All-American and four-year standout at North Georgia, joins the Highlanders in the role of pitching coach after serving as a graduate assistant at her alma mater last season.

Phillips enjoyed one of the most prolific softball careers in NCAA Division II history. The two-time Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year finished her career as the league all-time leader in wins (124) and North Georgia's record holder in innings (946.1), strikeouts (911) and shutouts (45).

She was the main catalyst on a Saints squad that made three straight NCAA Division II College World Series appearances, which was most evident in 2010 when she won 44 straight games and was named the Ron Lenz Division II National Pitcher of the Year.

"Sarah is a strong addition to our staff," said Johnson. "Her experience and success will compliment our pitching staff well. The World Series experience she gained will make her a great resource to our athletes."

In addition to her collegiate success, Phillips gained international experience when she was selected to the 2011 Canadian Senior Women's National Team. She competed in the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, US World Cup of Softball and the Pan American Games, and helped Team Canada to a silver medal in the latter.

Along with her duties as a graduate assistant coach, Phillips also served as an assistant during the 2011 season at Lumpkin County High School.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Phillips graduated from North Georgia in 2011 with a degree in middle grades education.