NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hanging up the chest protector and mask after 15 years and over 900 games in professional baseball including time in Major League Baseball with the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies, Paul Phillips joins the Lipscomb baseball staff as assistant coach as announced by head coach Jeff Forehand on Wednesday.
“The amount of knowledge and experience that Paul is going to bring to our team after 15 years in professional baseball and parts of seven seasons in the big leagues is huge,” said Forehand. “It will be a tremendous asset to not only our catchers but our pitchers and hitters as well. He’s going to be a great addition to our staff.”
The veteran backstop is set to join the Bisons staff after the Pacific Coast League season wraps up with the Las Vegas 51’s
“I’m really excited to start a new chapter in my life after 15 years of pro ball,” said Phillips. “Being able to stay at home with my family more so than I am now, being able to be in Nashville full time and being at Lipscomb is something that I’ve waited for, for a long time.”
Having been a part of the Blue Jays, Indians, Rockies, White Sox and Royals organizations over the course of his career, Philips was a ninth round draft pick by Kansas City, eight slots ahead of New York Yankee Mark Teixeira.
“I’ve always wanted to coach when I was finished playing, I just didn’t know whether it would be managing in pro ball or coaching in college. After talking with Jeff, it was a no brainer for me.
“I could see his passion for the game and his passion for the kids. I love the game of baseball but my body doesn’t love me for playing it this long. As much as I love it, I could hear how much Jeff loves it and loves what he is doing, and that fired me up to want to come to Lipscomb.“
Already a resident of Nashville, Phillips was drafted after one season at Alabama where he played alongside his cousin, Andy Phillips, who spent parts of eight seasons in the majors.
Phillips replaces Chris Collins, who left the LU program in June to take a position with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.