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Teresa Phillips earns place in Vanderbilt University Hall of Fame
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Teresa Phillips earns place in Vanderbilt University Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips was officially inducted into the Vanderbilt Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday night on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

Phillips played basketball for the Commodores from 1978-80, earning the Lady Commodore Athlete of the Year award. Phillips, who was the first female African-American student-athlete in Vanderbilt University history, went on to serve as an assistant coach for VU’s women’s basketball team from 1981-84.

Phillips has served as Tennessee State’s Director of Athletics since April of 2002.

  • Vanderbilt established its Hall of Fame 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.