NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State University Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips earned the Betty Probasco Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony on Monday.
“I was extremely honored to receive this lifetime achievement award from the Greater Chattanooga Hall of Fame,” Phillips said. “Anytime you are recognized and celebrated in your hometown, it is very special.”
The Betty Probasco Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to an individual who has provided loyal service or significant contributions to athletics or recreational programs in the Greater Chattanooga Area. They must have made contributions for at least 25 years.
Phillips was named TSU Director of Athletics in April of 2002 and has guided the athletic department to tremendous strides on the playing field, campus, community and classroom.
Some accomplishments under the Phillips' administration include the revitalization of the Big Blue Booster Club, the recognition of Ohio Valley Conference Scholar Athletes, the awarding of the NCAA Pilot Grant, the construction of an Indoor Practice Facility. During her tenure, the football team returned to Hale Stadium and other teams have won several conference and tournament championships in women's basketball, volleyball and women's track as well as a PGA Minority National Championship in men's golf.
Named one of the 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports by Sports Illustrated in 2003, Phillips served as head coach of the TSU women’s basketball team for 11 seasons from 1989-2000. In 1993-94, she led the Lady Tigers to the programs’ first-ever OVC regular season crown, the OVC Tournament Championships and first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Community oriented, Phillips has been appointed to several boards and committees which include: NCAA Basketball Rules, NCAA Championship Cabinet, NCAA Administrative Cabinet, the NCAA HBCU Advisory Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board, Boys & Girls Club Board, the Vanderbilt Alumni Advisory Board, the Nashville Final Four Executive Board, the Girls Preparatory School Alumni Board, the Kroger Dinner of Champions Committee and the Executive Board of the Nashville Sports Council.
She has held memberships in several organizations, including the Black Coaches Association, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Phillips was a three-year letter winner for the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team, earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics before obtaining a Master’s in Education from TSU in 1999.