NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips will enter the Vanderbilt Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2017, Vanderbilt University announced.
Phillips, who has served as TSU’s Director of Athletics since April of 2002, played on the women’s basketball team at Vanderbilt from 1978-80. She earned the Lady Commodore Athlete of the Year award during her playing career and went on to serve as an assistant coach on Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball staff from 1981-84. She was the first female African-American student-athlete in Vanderbilt University history.
Vanderbilt’s Hall of Fame Dinner will occur Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the Multipurpose Facility on VU’s campus.
“I’ve had some honors in my career, but really to go into your university’s Hall of Fame is very special,” Phillips said. “When you think about the whole history of your institution and their athletics history, you have to be really grateful. I’m really humbled by it because there are some awesome people who are in the Hall of Fame at Vanderbilt. I was really touched when I got the phone call about it because I think ultimately, that’s what you want. You want your own people to acknowledge whatever it is about you and when they do, you really can’t ask for much more than that.”
- Phillips is one of 10 members of the Vanderbilt Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
- VU’s Hall of Fame was established in 2008 and features 66 members, including the 10 in the Class of 2017.
- Candidates for the Hall of Fame are considered on the basis of: Commodore Great; Distinguished Letterwinners and Lifetime Achievement. Membership requires a unanimous vote by Vanderbilt's senior athletic management team.
- Following her time as a Vanderbilt assistant coach, Phillips coached women’s basketball at Fisk University before taking over the women’s program at TSU.
- Phillips was the Head Coach of the Lady Tigers for 11 seasons from 1989-2000, winning OVC Tournament Championships and earning NCAA Tournament bids in 1993 and 1994.