Saul Phillips

Saul Phillips (born October 10, 1972)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Northern State Wolves
Current conference: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC)
North Dakota State record: 134-84 (.615)
Ohio record: 81-77 (.513)
Northern State record: 89-27 (.767)
Overall record^: 304-188 (.618)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (2009, 2014)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  2  (2013, 2016)
  • Summit League Regular Season Champion(2009, 2014)
  • NSIC (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (2020, 2021, 2023)
  • Summit League Tournament Champion(2009, 2014)
  • NSIC (Div II) Tournament Champion: (2020, 2021)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  3  (2020, 2021, 2023)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Northern State
2014-2019 Ohio
2007-2014 North Dakota State
2004-2007 North Dakota State (asst)
2001-2004 Wisconsin (DBO)
1999-2001 Milwaukee (asst)
1997-1999 Lake Superior (asst)
1996-1997 Wayne State (grad. asst)

Saul Phillips Facts

  • Saul Edward Phillips
  • Born October 10, 1972
  • Hometown: Reedsburg, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin-Platteville (BA, 1996)
  • The Wisconsin-native played at UW-Platteville for four seasons under head coach Bo Ryan and was captain of the 1994-95 Pioneers’ team that went undefeated and won the NCAA D-III national title
  • Was a graduate assistant for one season at Wayne State College (NE) under Greg McDermott
  • Joined his college coach Bo Ryan‘s staff at Milwaukee as an assistant in 1999 and followed Ryan to Madison in 2001 to spend three seasons as Director of Basketball Operations
  • Became an assistant to Tim Miles at North Dakota State in 2004 and took over the Bison program in 2007 when Miles left for Colorado State
    • Won 134 games in seven seasons, leading the Bison to their first two NCAA D-I Tournaments in program history
  • Left NDSU for Ohio in April 2014 and took the Bobcats to the 2016 CBI Semifinals in his second season (finishing 23-12)
    • Fired in March 2019 after five seasons in Athens, going 81-77 and reaching the postseason just once (2016 CBI)
  • Hired in June 2019 as the head coach at Division II Northern State in Aberdeen, SD
    • Went 26-6 in his first season, winning the NSIC title and Tournament and reaching the (cancelled) D-II NCAA Tournament
    • Returned to the D-II NCAA Tournament in 2021 and 2023, winning the NSIC title both seasons

Saul Phillips Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels