University of Oklahoma Senior Associate Athletics Director to Bring 25 Years of College Leadership to the 400-acre IMG Campus
Today IMG Academy announced the addition of Greg Phillips to the IMG executive team as Vice President and Athletics Director of IMG Academy. Phillips comes to IMG from the University of Oklahoma where he was the Senior Associate Athletics Director, and had oversight over the football, baseball, tennis and wrestling programs. Additionally, Phillips served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Oklahoma Athletics Department, directing the development and administration of the program's $85 million budget. Phillips also oversaw development, ticketing, marketing and promotions, and information technology.
âHaving spent more than two decades in college athletics, I am looking forward to helping young athletes achieve their goals of playing at the collegiate level and beyond,â said Phillips. âMy passion for inspiring student-athlete excellence and developing the total person is woven into the very definition of IMG Academy. I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to IMG's continued growth and success by drawing upon my years of coach mentoring, student-athlete service and financial planning.â
Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma's Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs, echoed Phillips: âWe are very grateful for the contributions Greg has made to the University of Oklahoma and the successes we have celebrated together over the last six years. We will greatly miss him, but we know he will thrive at IMG Academy and bring a unique perspective to their campus. Greg combines strong professional talents with a deep commitment to his core values as he mentors coaches and student-athletes.â
In his new role, Phillips will oversee the program delivery, business operations and expansion of IMG's seven existing sports - baseball, football, basketball, lacrosse, golf, soccer and tennis, as well as recently launched lacrosse and football , and sports including softball on the horizon, Phillips will draw from 25 years of athletics experience at the Division I level to create a collegiate-like environment on IMG's unique campus with an eye towards continuing to improve student-athlete life.
âWe are thrilled to welcome Greg to the IMG family,â said Sam Zussman, Managing Director, IMG Academy. âGreg offers a unique blend of business operations, leadership and deep personal interest in providing student-athletes with the resources they need for success in sport and life. The addition of an Athletics Director to IMG Academy, and one as capable and experienced as Greg demonstrates our commitment to excellence and to the development of the TOTAL ATHLETE. Greg will lead further improvement and success in sport delivery, college placement, and overall student-athlete services. Greg brings experience from Oklahoma and Florida State, two of the most respected programs in the country, to our unique preparatory school environment. With 96% of our students going on to play sports at the college level, this experience will be a tremendous asset for our students and staff.â
Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma in 2006, Phillips served 19 years at his alma mater, Florida State. As Florida State's Associate Athletics Director, Phillips was responsible for developing and managing budgets totaling $46 million, while also overseeing ticket sales and operations, leading the implementation of a quality service initiative, integrating the ticketing, marketing and media relations units, coordinating the execution of a nationally-recognized online team's digital strategy, as well as administering the tennis programs.
Phillips has been recognized by his peers in the college space as one of the nation's top financial administrators in college athletics. He previously served as the President of the College Athletics Business Management Association, a peer-elected association. He is also a current member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, National Association of Athletics Development Directors, National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators, and National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Phillips will relocate to Florida with his wife and two children later this summer.