Phil Cunningham

Phil Cunningham (born October 17, 1966)

Current position: Associate head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Head coach: Rick Stansbury)
Current conference: Conference USA (C-USA)
Teams coach: Troy Trojans
Troy record: 80-111 (.419)
Overall record: 80-111 (.419)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2017)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Sun Belt Tournament Champion:  1  (2017)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Western Kentucky (assoc. HC)
2013-2019 Troy
2012-2013 Western Kentucky (asst)
2000-2012 Mississippi State (asst)
1998-2000 Georgia State (assoc. HC)
1997-1998 Georgia State (asst)
1995-1997 James Madison (asst)
1992-1995 Sue Bennett College
1991-1992 Mississippi State (grad. asst)
1990-1991 Campbellsville (asst)

Phil Cunningham Facts

  • Philip Tucker Cunningham
  • Born October 17, 1966
  • Hometown: Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • Alma Mater: Campbellsville University (BA, 1990) / Mississippi State University (MA, 1992)
  • Started his playing career at Kentucky Wesleyan, winning the Division II NCAA title in 1987, before transferring back home to play for his father at Campbellsville
  • After one year as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Cunningham spent the 1991-92 season as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State under head coach Richard Williams
  • Spent three seasons as the head coach at Sue Bennett College in London, KY, winning 48 games during his tenure there
  • Returned to Division I in 1995, spending the next eighteen seasons as an assistant coach or associate head coach
    • Worked under head coach Lefty Driesell for five years, two at James Madison and three at Georgia State
    • Spent 12 years at Mississippi State with Rick Stansbury, helping guide the Bulldogs to 6 NCAA Tournaments and 3 NITs
    • Was an assistant for one season at Western Kentucky under Ray Harper before becoming a head coach
  • Hired in March 2013 to be the head coach of the Troy Trojans of the Sun Belt Conference
    • Won the Sun Belt Tournament in 2017, earning Troy their second ever trip to the Division I NCAA Tournament
    • Was fired in March 2019 following a 12-18 season, his fifth losing season in six years at Troy
  • Returned to Western Kentucky and reunited with Stansbury in July 2019, when he was hired to be WKU’s associate head coach
  • Has one daughter

Phil Cunningham Coaching Tree

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^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only