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Phillips named to Niagara Hall of Fame

by WayneTimes.com
November 3, 2014

Former Fredonia Blue Devil administrator and cross country coach Dr. Everitt Phillips will be inducted into The Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame in December.

Phillips was the men's cross country coach from 1971 through 1994 while serving as the chairman of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Athletics, and Dance (1971-1995). His teams won eight State University of New York Athletic Conference championships (including six straight from 1978-1983, plus titles in 1988 and 1992) and three New York State Collegiate Track and Field Conference championships (1978, 1979, and 1981).

He also served as the assistant track and field coach from 1974 to 1995 where his distance runners contributed to the 20 consecutive SUNYAC Track & Field men's team championships. He coached 1982 NCAA Division III national champion Bernard Prabucki in the 5,000 meter run, five cross country All-Americans, and 17 track & field All-Americans. He served as president of the New York State Collegiate Track and Field Association four different times (1963-1964, 1976-1977, 1985-1986, and 1991-1992) and was named National Coach of the Year in 1965, and SUNYAC Coach of the Year in 1994. He received the SUNYAC Service Award and was elected to the Fredonia State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

While at Fredonia, Phillips he also served as men's track & field head coach from 1971 to 1974, women's track & field head coach in 1979 and 2002, and women's cross country head coach from 1992 to 1994. Prior to his tenure at Fredonia, he coached at the University of Rochester from 1959 to 1970 and at the University of Oregon from 1969 to 1971. He earned his coctorate in Physical Education Administration from the University of Oregon in 1971.

Phillips is the second person, both coaches, with ties to Fredonia elected to the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame, joining James D. Ulrich (Class of 2012).

In addition to Phillips, the Niagara Hall will posthumously induct Walker B. Smith, a 1920 graduate of Cornell who was one of the top hurdlers of his era. The annual awards banquet will be held at the Radisson – Rochester Airport in Rochester, N.Y. on Sunday, December 14.

With the election of the Class of 2014, the number of members of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is 73, consisting of 62 men and 11 women. There are 57 athletes (46 male, 11 female), 12 coaches, and four contributors in the Hall.
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