ODESSA, TX – The Jackalopes have another member heading to the NCAA ranks. Jackalopes assistant coach Adam Phillips has accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Adrian College Bulldogs.
“I’d like to thank the Odessa Jackalopes organization for giving me the opportunity to begin my coaching career. Thank you to the ownership, staff, fans, billet families and the players for everything this past season,” said Phillips. “Odessa is a tremendous place to play and call home. I wish the Jackalopes the very best moving forward. I’m excited to follow the progress of the team and the success that will come with Jason Fortier and his staff leading the charge. Go Jacks!”
A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Phillips came to Odessa last season as a first-year assistant coach under head coach Todd Watson. Phillips was elevated to interim head coach in early January of 2020. During his tenure behind the bench, the Jackalopes gradually improved under Phillips’ leadership and notched several exciting wins against playoff teams in February and March before the premature cancellation of the season due to COVID-19.
Before getting his start in coaching, Phillips boasted a wealth of player experience including five seasons in the ECHL and four years playing Division I college hockey with the University of Massachusetts.
“We want to wish congratulations to Adam on this great opportunity. We also want to thank him for all he has done here in Odessa and look forward to seeing him succeed in the future,” said Jackalopes president Rick Matchett.
Adrian College plays at the Division III NCAA level and is located in Adrian, Michigan. Phillips will join two former Jackalopes at Adrian in forwards Zach Heintz and Rex Moe, both of whom played for the Jacks during the 2018-19 season.