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Newly appointed University of Tulsa basketball coach Buzz Peterson announced today that John Phillips has been promoted to associate head coach for the Golden Hurricane basketball program.

   Phillips is in his fourth season on the TU coaching staff and is in his second tour of duty with the Hurricane basketball program. Twenty-three years earlier, Phillips served as a graduate asssistant coach at the school. Since his return to Tulsa, the Hurricane has posted a 74-27 record, and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons including an Elite Eight finish in the 2000 season.

   "I'm excited to have John remain with our coaching staff. Everyone that I've talked to about John had nothing but high praise for him as a person and his knowledge of the game," said Peterson. "He has demonstrated his excellent coaching ability, and will be a tremendous asset to me in keeping consistency in this winning basketball program."

   Phillips, 53, has coached in both the collegiate and high school ranks. He spent three years as a collegiate assistant coach and 16 seasons as head coach on the high school level in Oklahoma. As a high school coach, Phillips' teams averaged 17 wins per season while compiling an overall 272-159 record and made seven appearances at the state tournament, including three trips to the finals.

   Prior to his appointment at TU, Phillips was the varsity basketball coach at Broken Arrow High School for four seasons. In 1996-97, Phillips led his squad, unranked at the start of the season, to a 22-7 record en route to the Oklahoma Class 6A State Championship.

   On the collegiate level, Phillips also served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for two seasons (1988-90) under Leonard Hamilton. OSU earned invitations to the NIT postseason tournament both years.