April 9, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Newly named Ohio University men's basketball head coach Saul Phillips has received high praise for his work throughout his coaching career. Check out what people are saying about the Bobcats newest addition.
"I'm thrilled that Coach Phillips is joining the Bobcat family. I'm very excited about the future Ohio Basketball under Coach Phillips' leadership."
Dr. Roderick J. McDavis
Ohio University, President
"Ohio University made a terrific hire with Saul Phillips. I've had the pleasure to witness his growth as a player for me at UW-P, as well as an assistant and administrator on my staff at UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin. His understanding and knowledge of the game is tremendous and he does an excellent job of communicating his vision to student-athletes. The Athens community will thoroughly enjoy Saul, his wife Nicole and their children as they immerse themselves into Bobcat Nation. I'm excited to watch the Ohio Basketball program grow under Saul's leadership and I'm positive Bobcat fans will enjoy cheering on his team in the coming years."
University of Wisconsin, Head Coach
"Saul's energy and enthusiasm are infectious. His relationships with his student-athletes are second to none and he does an excellent job of communicating with his team. Saul is a very sound tactician and understands the rich tradition of the Ohio program. There is no doubt in my mind he will build on that tradition by bringing the Bobcats back to the NCAA Tournament and winning championships in the MAC."
Creighton University, Head Coach
"Saul Phillips is a terrific hire for Ohio. He's an excellent coach, a great recruiter and his energy and enthusiasm will infuse the Bobcat fan base. I had the pleasure of working with Saul for three years and he took over for me as the head coach of North Dakota State. I can't say enough about the remarkable job he did there and he'll continue that success in Athens."
University of Nebraska, Head Coach
"I want to congratulate Saul Phillips on his new opportunity in Athens and to officially welcome him to Ohio University and the Mid-American Conference. Saul brings a wealth of head coaching experience and postseason success to Athens and we look forward to working with him and to see the continued growth of the Bobcats men's basketball program."
Dr. Jon Steinbrecher
Mid-American Conference, Commissioner
"Obviously we're excited for Saul, but at the same time were sad to see him go. He's just a basketball junkie, who is very good at what he does. He's going to have players that will match his personality."
North Dakota State University, Director of Athletics
"Everything I've heard about Saul (Phillips) and seen in him regarding how his teams play and how he interacts with his players speaks to his commitment to developing young men to be successful on and off the court. His teams play an exciting brand of basketball and are built on values that lead to success."
"The fans of the Bobcats should be happy with Jim Christian's replacement. Saul Phillips did a terrific job at North Dakota State, leading the Bison to a shock city NCAA tourney win over Oklahoma. He is a rising star in the coaching profession."
"Saul Phillips is a wonderful person and an excellent basketball coach. Ohio is getting a solid citizen and a coach who will develop players and ensure that they love playing for him as much as he loved coaching them."
ESPN.com Senior Writer