Kelly Phillips is in her fourth year at Purdue, working primarily with the women's cross country/distance runners. Phillips joined the Purdue staff in the spring 2005, coming to West Lafayette from the Claremont Trails Running Camp in Claremont, N.H.
In 2007, the Boilermakers' made a huge stride under Phillips, defeating archrival Indiana University at the Big Ten Championships and capturing the squad's first point in the coveted Crimson and Gold Cup competition between the two schools. The team also saw some of it's best times in recent history, setting a new Purdue Varsity Cross Country Course record at 5K, and posting the second-fastest 6K time in school history.
In her first season working with the women's harriers, Phillips helped direct Lindsay Zinn to all-conference honors and a berth in the NCAA Championships. The women's cross country team has earned USTFCCCA Academic All-America honors three straight years and has taken home Purdue's President's Cup, for the team with the highest grade point average, two straight seasons.
Prior to her time at Claremont Trails, Phillips had spent five years coaching at the University of South Florida (1997-2001), where she directed 33 track and cross country student-athletes to NCAA appearances as both associate and head coach. Phillips earned Conference USA cross country women's coach of the year honors in 1998 and 1999, as well as the cross country men's coach of the year award in 2000. In 2001, she was named Conference USA track and field women's coach of the year.
Phillips also has received national recognition, receiving three consecutive NCAA Cross Country South Region coach of the year titles from 1998 to 2000. Phillips' teams have also performed in the classroom, directing four of her South Florida cross country teams to NCAA Academic All-America recognition.
Phillips is one of the most decorated distance runners in Auburn history, having held 14 different school records. In addition to winning All-America certificates in the 1,500 and 3,000-meter runs, Phillips also qualified for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Trials (1,500). In 1995, Phillips won the 1,500 title at the Olympic Festival and was fifth at the Pan-American Games.
Phillips and her husband, Mike, have two sons, Michael (7) and Connor (6).