The San José State University Spartans have their next head women’s basketball coach as Director of Athletics Jeff Konya announced today that April Phillips has been named the next coach to lead the Spartans women’s program.
“I am thankful to Jeff Konya, TurnkeyZRG and SJSU administration for their confidence in me leading this program,” Phillips said. “I also want to thank Vic Schaefer, Charmin Smith, Adia Barnes, Charity Elliot, Ty Grace and Anne Donovan for their leadership and guidance in preparing me to be a head coach. I am ready to start evaluating and bringing in top recruits to San José State. I am excited about developing young women and competing in the Mountain West.”
Phillips, 34 years old, will be a first-time head coach. She spent the 2021-22 season as an assistant at Texas, where the Longhorns made it to the Elite 8. Prior to her stint in Austin, Phillips made stops as an assistant at Arizona, Loyola Marymount and California.
Phillips replaces Jamie Craighead and inherits a SJSU team that posted a 5-25 record in 2021-22 and a last place finish in the Mountain West Conference. The Spartans have never reached the NCAA Tournament and only one coach has posted a winning record during their tenure at the school.