Howard mum on firing of Phillips

Author: 
Anthony Powell
Date Published: 
1981-06-16
Source: 
Washington Afro-American
Page: 
10

Lincoln Phillips has been fired as soccer coach of Howard University. Phillips, who coached the soccer team for seven years, last week received a letter from Leo Miles, Howard's athletic director, stating that his contract would not be renewed.

(Phillips was unavailable for comment, and Miles refused to comment to the AFRO.) In his seven years, Phillips took the Bisons to two national championships, (even though they were stripped of their 1971 crown.) to the semi-finals three times, and the quarter-finals once.

Phillips had a coaching record of 115 wins, 19 losses, and 12 ties. Last year the Bisons were 9-2-3 for the season.

Phillips was a world class player for the Trinidad and Tobago National team, the old Washington Darts (NASL) and the Baltimore Bays (ASL). He was a player-coach for the Darts, who won a North American Soccer League Championship (NASL) during the early 1970s.

In the December of 1980, he sent a letter to Leo Miles pointing out the weaknesses in the Howard soccer program. In the memo Phillips said, "For ten years, the athletic department has slighted me as a coach, and the soccer program."

He said that his former teams didn't travel the night before important road games they lost to Clemson 3-1 in the 1976 quarter-finals, because they players were tired from traveling and slept before the game; they had no opportunity to warm up, had terrible equipment, no assistant coaches, and a lack of scouting their opponents.