ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio University has announced Saul Phillips as the new head coach of the men's basketball team.
Phillips was hired as the Bobcats 18th men's basketball coach on Saturday.
A press conference was held Tuesday, introducing Phillips.
"The hiring of Saul Phillips as the next head men's basketball coach for Ohio is indeed a tremendous hire for us," Athletic Director Jim Schaus said. "I am just ecstatic to be able to welcome a coach with his experience and success to Bobcat Nation. Saul is passionate, energetic, a great communicator and is inspiring. He has a reputation as an excellent recruiter and players coach. His North Dakota State team had many big wins including a win over Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament. I am confident about Saul helping us build Bobcat Basketball to new heights of excellence. I can't wait for him to get started!"
Phillipis has seven years of head coaching experience, and comes from North Dakota State university, where last season, he led the Bison to a 26-7 record, a Summit League Championship, and an 80-75 victory over Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Phillips was an assistant coach at North Dakota State for three seasons before being elevated to the head job when Tim Miles was hired by Colorado State.
Before coming to North Dakota State in 2004, Phillips was the director of basketball operations for three years at Wisconsin, where he handled the day-to-day scheduling, coordinated travel, budgeting and on-campus recruiting for Bo Ryan's staff.
Phillips spent two years as an assistant coach under Ryan at Milwaukee (1999-01) and two years as an assistant at Lake Superior State (1997-99) under Marty McDermott.
A native of Reedsburg, Wis., Phillips graduated from Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in business and psychology in 1996. He played basketball for four seasons at UWP under Ryan and was captain of the Pioneers' undefeated national championship team in 1995.
He went on to become a graduate assistant at Wayne (Neb.) State for one season under Greg McDermott.
Phillips and his wife, Nicole, have one daughter, Jordan, and two sons, Charlie and Benjamin.