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  YSU Taps Cincinnati Bearcats Assistant Coach Doug Phillips To Lead Penguins Grid Program  
  February 13, 2020 Edition  
Doug Phillips
     After a national collegiate ‘late’ signing day on Feb. 5 during which the Youngstown State University football program said it signed one player; and the abrupt resignation of Head Coach Bo Pelini, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats running backs coach, Doug Phillips, 51, has been named to lead the Youngstown State University football program. He is the eighth grid mentor in the history of the school.
      Phillips is a New Middletown, Oh. native, who served as a graduate assistant under Jim Tressel during the Penguins national championship runs in 1991 and 1992; and also served as head coach at Springfield Local High School (1997-2000) and at Salem High School 2001-05).
      Phillips joined the University of Cincinnati football staff in Jan., 2017. He coached tight ends and served as UC’s special teams coordinator in 2017 before shifting to running backs coach in 2018.
      He has nearly 25 years of football coaching experience, including six seasons at the NCAA FBS and FCS level and has coached in three national championship games (including in 2006 at Ohio State).
      Phillips returned to an on-field coaching role with the Bearcats after spending the 2016 season at Iowa State (where former YSU head coach Jon Heacock now is defensive coordinator) as the director of player personnel.
      Phillips was a high school administrator from 2008-15, serving as a principal and superintendent, most recently as the superintendent at West Branch Local Schools. Phillips was also an assistant principal and principal for the Dickson County school district in Dickson, Tenn., and principal at Dalton Local Schools (outside of Canton, Oh.) from 2009-12.
      He coached the defensive ends and served as Bowling Green’s recruiting coordinator from 2007-08, helping the Falcons share the 2007 MAC East title and earn a bowl bid.
      Phillips joined the Falcons staff after spending the 2006 season as the defensive quality control coach at Ohio State working with UC Head Coach Luke Fickell. He was part of a staff which won the Big Ten championship and played in the BCS title game. The Buckeyes were fifth in the country in scoring defense that season. On the field, he assisted with the Buckeye linebackers which included All-American and Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner James Laurinaitis.
      Phillips led his high school alma mater, Springfield Local, to back-to-back state playoff appearances. His 1999 team won the first of consecutive league championships and made the first of two playoff appearances, while his 2000 squad went undefeated in the regular season and returned to the postseason, where it to the state quarterfinals. After four years at Springfield Local (1997-2000) Phillips moved onto Salem High School, where he spent five seasons (2001-05) and guided his teams to better records every season, culminating with a league runner-up finish in 2005. In addition, he guided the school to consecutive winning records in 2004 and 2005, a feat that was accomplished for the first time in 30 years at the school.
      Phillips received his start in college football from 1991-92 at Youngstown State with Jim Tressel. He coached tight ends, defensive backs and running backs/kickers during his stay.
      While an undergraduate student at Toledo, Phillips got his coaching career started at Toledo St. Francis DeSales and Sylvania Northview. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education from UT in 1991, he received a master’s degree in educational administration from Youngstown State in 1995.
      The Youngstown State football team will open the 2020 season on Sept. 5 against Akron at InfoCision Stadium. The programs, separated by less than 50 miles, haven’t played since November 1995.
      The series between the Penguins and Zips dates back to 1940, but the last contest, a 24-10 YSU victory on Nov. 4, 1995, at the Rubber Bowl was almost 24 years ago.
      YSU leads the all-time series by a 19-14-2 margin and won the last three contests before the series was halted. Until 1995, the Penguins and Zips played for 29 consecutive seasons dating back to 1967.
      The last YSU football contest against a Mid-American Conference foe was Kent State in 2003.
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