Tennessee State University athletic director, Teresa Lawrence Phillips, is slated to be inducted into the Lookout Mountain Hall of Fame on August 17, 2008.
Phillips is one of ten (10) inductees in the class of 2008. The 10-member class represents a variety of sports including basketball, football, golf, running, softball, tennis and track and field.
The class of 2008: Marilyn Voges Brown, Dr. Charlotte Grant, Alex Guerry Jr., Jack Lupton, Bob Klein Sr., Joe McGinness Sr., Hugh Morrow Sr., Teresa Lawrence Phillips, Buck Stamps and Dave Telford.
The honorees were selected by a vote of the Lookout Mountain Memorial Community Center Board.
Ms. Phillips, the athletic director at Tennessee State University since 2002, said, “No matter where I go or what I do, Lookout Mountain has been my foundation. My family, Lookout Mountain Elementary, the Commons and the loving environment afforded to me in that community are at the nucleus of who I am. I was taught to love all people, to appreciate opportunities and to respect differences. Those teachings have benefited me greatly both personally as well as professionally. I’m proud to be a mountain girl!”
The following is the Lookout Mountain Hall of Fame bio of Teresa Phillips;
TERESA LAWRENCE PHILLIPS (Sports Administration) Athletics Director at Tennessee State University ... First woman to coach an NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball team ... In 2003, was one of the 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports’’ by Sports Illustrated ... USA Today National Coach of the Year in 1990 ...Two-time Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year ... Former head women’s basketball coach at TSU and Fisk (15 years, 218-185) and two NCAA appearances ... Lettered in basketball at Vanderbilt ...Led the Dores in rebounding (9.7 rbpg) as a junior in 1979 ... 1980 Vanderbilt Female Athlete of the Year ... graduate of Lookout Mountain Elementary, Girls Preparatory School and Vanderbilt ... Hall of Fame: Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School.
Philllips currently serves as chairperson of the Ohio Valley Conference Athletic Directors' Committee. She has also been named the "Second Most Influential Woman In Sports in Tennessee" by the Tennessean newspaper.
A 1980 graduate of Vanderbilt University, she also holds Masters in Education from Tennessee State University. Phillips has two sons, Michah and Kyle.