Clark’s Paul Phillips To Retire After 2018-19 Season

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By Matt Nooonan | @MattNoonan11

Clark University men’s basketball coach Paul Phillips announced late Wednesday evening that he will be retiring at the conclusion of his team’s 2018-19 season.

Phillips, who is in his 21st season with the Cougars, enters his team’s current holiday break with a career record of 438-360, which includes wins from his previous stop at Anna Maria College.

The Cougars’ long-time bench boss has guided the Red and White to 273 wins since arriving on campus prior to the start of the 1996-97 campaign, which is the most wins by any coach in the Clark men’s basketball program history. Additionally, Phillips has led the Cougars to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, along with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Clark last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

As of Thursday morning, Phillips has guided his current squad to four wins, including a pair of recent victories earlier this month against Framingham State and Regis College.

Clark, which sits at 4-5 overall, is off until Saturday, December 29th when they host Curry College on the opening day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic.

In a statement last night to the media, which was also seen through the Clark athletic website, Phillips said he has been “contemplating” his retirement for “for quite a while,” but feels its best to walk away after his team’s current season concludes.

“I truly appreciate everything that Clark has done for me and everything that the institution has allowed me to do,” Phillips said in last night’s press release. “I will miss the student-athletes the most, but will also miss the action and camaraderie that is developed on and off the court.”

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Paul Phillips is currently the all-time winningest coach in Clark University men’s basketball program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Phillips was tabbed the 1999-2000 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while earning the Paul N. Johnson Memorial Award from Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) in 2016.

Prior to his arrival at Clark, Phillips enjoyed a successful 10-year stint (1986-96) with the Anna Maria men’s basketball program, which included six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns, along an appearance in the 1995-96 NCAA Division III Tournament’s ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

Phillips’ 1995-96 AMCATs squad set the program’s current record for most wins (25) in a singles-season, which was almost matched by the 2012-13 squad that finished its season with 21 victories.


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Williams College in the top spot followed the second-straight week followed by Nichols College and Hamilton College.

Movers: WPI was our biggest mover as the Engineers moved into the top five after picking-up their eighth-straight win. WPI has now won four road games after starting its 2018-19 campaign with four-straight home wins. The Engineers host Husson University on Sunday before enjoying a short break prior to their trip to Tampa, Florida.

Newcomers: We welcomed a pair of teams to this week’s poll, including Babson College, which has won four games this season against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams. They recently defeated Amherst College, which is currently on the rise.

Additionally, Gordon College joined the poll after recently beating Colby College, which is one of a few teams to watch over the next few weeks and months. The Fighting Scots have also scored some impressive regional wins against Johnson & Wales and Salem State. They Blue and White are in action this week when they visit Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday and Framingham State on Friday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 10th, 2018 

1. Williams College

9-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
2. Nichols College  8-0, 3-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Hamilton College 9-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. MIT  8-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. WPI 8-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
6. Endicott College 6-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 6
7. Middlebury College  6-2, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Brandeis University 6-2, 0-0 UAA Last Week: No. 8 
9. Babson College 6-3, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: NR
10. Gordon College 8-1, 3-0 CCC Last Week: No. NR

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (8-3), Amherst College (6-1), Colby College (8-2), Eastern Conn. (6-2, 3-1), Keene State (5-3, 2-1), Rhode Island College (9-3, 2-2-) and Wheaton College (9-1)


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 women’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Bowdoin College in the top spot followed by Tufts University and Amherst College for the third consecutive week.

Movers: Trinity College moved into the top five with an impressive win over Connecticut College this past weekend. The Bantams have been a team to watch this month as they have also scored wins over Coast Guard Academy and Stevens. The Blue and Gold return to the hardwood later this month when they face Lehman.

Newcomers: We welcomed Emmanuel College to this week’s poll after scoring some early season (and recent) wins over Connecticut College and Westfield State. Despite falling to MIT, which is on the rise this week, the Saints put fourth an impressive effort in the 72-69 setback. They face Rhode Island College this week before a short break before facing Messiah and Ramapo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 10th, 2018 

1. Bowdoin College

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Amherst College 6-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine) 9-0, 0-0 GNAC  Last Week: No. 4
5. Trinity College 8-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
6. UMass Dartmouth 7-1, 3-0 LEC Last Week: No. 7
7. Middlebury College  8-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
8.  Eastern Conn. State  6-2, 4-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8 
9. Conn. College   8-2, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
10. Emmanuel College 6-2, 0-0 GNAC  Last Week: No. NR

On The Rise:  Babson College (5-2, 3-1), MIT (6-3, 2-1), Smith (6-3), Springfield (5-3, 3-0) and UMass Boston (7-1, 3-1)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Williams College in the top spot followed the second-straight week followed by Nichols College and Hamilton College.

Nichols continues to be the team to watch this year as they scored an important early conference win last Saturday over Endicott College, which tumbled two spots to the sixth position. Senior Marcos Echevarria netted his 2,000th point late in the game on a made three-point attempt to bump his season total to 127 points through six contests.

This week, the Bison travel to Curry College on Tuesday before hosting Anna Maria on Saturday.

MIT moved into the fourth position with their fifth-straight win. The Engineers have not lost since falling to the Gulls of Endicott in their season-opener. MIT visits UMass Dartmouth and Salem State this week in two important regional match-ups.

Brandeis University made its initial appearance on the poll following Big 4 Championship win against Babson College on Sunday. The Judges have won four-straight and scored an exciting win against Salem State in the first day of the four-team, two-day tournament.

Finally, don’t overlook the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State, which have won five-straight since dropping their season-opener. East Conn. faces two conference foes this week, including Western Connecticut State on Wednesday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 3rd, 2018 

1. Williams College

7-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College  6-0, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 5
3. Hamilton College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. MIT  5-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6 
5. Middlebury College 5-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
6. Endicott College 5-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 4
7. WPI 6-0, 0-0 NEWMAC  Last Week: No. 8 
8. Brandeis University 5-1, 0-0 UAA Last Week: NR 
9. Eastern Conn. State 5-1, 2-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10 
10. Amherst College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (6-2), Colby College (6-1), Keene State (4-2), and Rhode Island College (7-2)


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Dec. 3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another week of New England D3 men’s basketball is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Top 10, which finds Bowdoin College in the top spot followed by Tufts University and Amherst College for the second consecutive week.

Additionally, our fourth (St. Joseph’s (Maine)) and fifth teams (Conn. College) remained in the same position for a second-straight week, while Middlebury College and UMass Dartmouth each moved-up.

Eastern Connecticut State and Trinity College became the newest members of this week’s polls – both squads have earned impressive wins to start their respective campaigns. The Bantams scored an impressive win over Stevens on Saturday and should continue their early season momentum this week against Coast Guard Academy and Johnson & Wales.

Trinity and Conn. College are set to meet on Saturday, December 8th in an enticing early season match-up. You can bet we will be keeping our eyes on this contest.

Finally, don’t sleep on Smith College, which scored its fifth win of the season on Saturday against Babson College, thanks to some impressive shooting, both inside and outside the half circle.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Dec. 3rd, 2018 

1. Bowdoin College

5-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Amherst College 5-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine)  6-0, 0-0 GNAC  Last Week: No. 4
5. Conn. College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Middlebury College 6-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
7. UMass Dartmouth  6-0, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 9 
8.  Eastern Conn. State  4-2, 0-0 LEC Last Week: NR
9. Trinity College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: NR
10. Smith College 5-2, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8

On The Rise: Emmanuel College (4-1), Hamilton College (7-0), Rhode Island College (7-1) and UMass Boston (5-1), 


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