Steve Phillips serves as the Cyclone’s Director of Baseball Operations and is generally responsible for all instruction and coaching. He also serves as the head coach of the Cyclones Varsity baseball team.
Phillips is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he played both football and baseball. After his collegiate career he was drafted by the New York Yankees. Phillips spent five years as a positional player with the New York Yankees minor league system. During this time he gained valuable experience playing alongside athletes like Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera. Phillips concluded his professional playing career after a couple of stays with an independent professional team.
Phillips began his coaching career in 1998 by serving as a hitting coach with the Montreal Expos for two years. He then earned the position of manager for the next four years for both the Expos and the Florida Marlins in the Minor League System. Phillips has coached or managed many players who have reached the major league level, including Jason Bay (New York Mets), Grady Sizemore (Cleveland Indians), Josh Johnson (Florida Marlins), Cameron Maybin (Sand Diego Padres), and Robert Andino (Baltimore Orioles), just to name a few.
Phillips brings a passion to teach the fundamentals of baseball to young players that, when combined with his professional experienced, is unmatched in this region. While he believes in competitiveness, he does not believe that “winning” is the ultimate goal. Instead, Phillips believes that winning and success are the result of sound fundamentals, hard work, repetitions, and positive attitudes. Phillips tries to instill this values in each member of the Cyclones, and believes that success both on the field and off is rooted in these values.