Tiffany Phillips, the head women's basketball coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, was named NCCAA regional coach of the year for the 2018-19 season.
Phillips led the Lady Lions to a 21-12 overall record and 14-8 mark in the Sooner Athletic Conference. It was SAGU’s best season in terms of win total since 2009.
The Lady Lions season came to an end after defeating Mid-America Christian University (73-70) and then losing to the NAIA national runner-up Oklahoma City University in the semi-finals of the SAC tournament.
Outside of the season being one of the highest win totals in program history, the Lady Lions also ranked in the top-20 nationally in ten different categories: 5th in total 3-pointers made (284), 6th in 3-pointers made per game (8.6), 7th in free-throw percentage (77.2), 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (34.4%), 13th in total scoring with 2459 points, 14th in defensive rebounds per game (28.79), 16th in scoring offense per game (74.52), 18th in total blocks (114), 18th in field goal percentage defense (36.5%), and 19th in total rebounds with 1332).
Phillips has had a steady increase in wins since the 2016 season.
SAGU returns their starting guards in Kiara Glenn (Ennis), Lexi Rich, and Sydney Meador for the 2019-20 season. Rich and Meador came off of SAC All-Conference seasons while point guard, Glenn had career highs in multiple categories.