Joker Phillips Joins Irish Staff As Wide Receivers Coach


Feb. 26, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Joker Phillips, wide receivers coach at the University of Minnesota the last two seasons, has joined the University of Notre Dame football coaching staff as coach of the Irish receivers.

Phillips replaces Urban Meyer, who in December was named head coach at Bowling Green following five years on the Irish staff as the Notre Dame receiver coach.

Phillips came to Minnesota to work under head coach Glenn Mason and helped the Gophers to postseason appearances each of the last two seasons (Sun Bowl following '99 campaign, Bowl following 2000).

He came from the University of Cincinnati where he served as defensive back coach in 1998 and wide receiver coach in 1997 under head coach and former Irish defensive coordinator Rick Minter. The Bearcats, with Phillips' young receiving corps helping to lead the way, finished with an 8-4 overall record in 1997 -- including a 35-19 victory over Utah State in the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl.

A 1986 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Phillips began a nine-year coaching tenure at his alma mater in 1988 as a graduate assistant for the Wildcats. He took over as assistant recruiting coordinator in 1990 and was the wide receiver coach from 1991-96. During his six seasons working with the Kentucky receivers, Phillips coached Neal Clark, who set a then-Wildcat single-season school record with 47 receptions in 1991, and Kio Sanford, who set three Southeastern Conference single-season marks for kickoff returns in 1994. He worked under head coach Jerry Claiborne in 1988 and '89, then under Bill Curry from 1990 through '96.

Phillips also spent parts of three years working as an intern with the National Football League's Washington Redskins. He worked with the Redskins' wide receivers in 1990 and the team's running backs in 1992. In 1998, Phillips interned with the eventual NFC champion Atlanta Falcons, assisting with the defensive backs.

A four-year letterwinner at wide receiver during his collegiate career at Kentucky, Phillips helped lead the Wildcats to the Hall of Fame Bowl both in 1983 and 1984. As a senior in 1984 he had 28 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns. He finished his career ranked seventh on Kentucky's all-time career list with 75 receptions before going on to a brief professional career with the NFL's Washington Redskins and then the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts.

Born May 12, 1963, in Franklin, Ken., Phillips is married to the former Leslie Stamatis.

The Joker Phillips Coaching File

1988 Kentucky Graduate Assistant
1989Kentucky (6-5)Graduate Assistant
1990 Kentucky Asst. Recruiting Coordinator
1991KentuckyWide Receivers
1992KentuckyWide Receivers
1993Kentucky (6-6, Peach Bowl)Wide Receivers
1994KentuckyWide Receivers
1995KentuckyWide Receivers
1996Kentucky Wide Receivers
1997 Cincinnati (8-4, Humanitarian Bowl)Wide Receivers
1998 Cincinnati Defensive Backs
1999 Minnesota (8-4, Sun Bowl) Wide Receivers
2000Minnesota (6-6, Bowl)Wide Receivers



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