LOGAN, Utah – Jason Phillips, who has 20 years of coaching experience, including five seasons as an offensive coordinator, has been named Utah State’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, it was announced Sunday by Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen.
Phillips, who played professionally for eight seasons, including six years in the NFL, has coached in six bowl games during his collegiate career.
Phillips comes to Utah State after spending the 2018 season as the wide receivers coach for the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football. Prior to that, he spent the 2017 season as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Oregon State and was the wide receivers coach at Kansas in 2016.
Prior to his one-year stint at Kansas, Phillips spent three years on the coaching staff at SMU, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach from 2012-14.
Under Phillips’ tutelage, SMU had multiple 1,000-yard receivers for just the third time in school history and multiple 100-reception receivers for the first time in program history.
In his first year at SMU in 2012, the Mustangs posted top-10 school efforts in scoring, scoring average, total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, attempts, completion percentage and first downs, among others. Phillips’ receivers Darius Johnson and Jeremy Johnson each earned Conference USA honors.
Phillips came to the SMU program after completing his ninth season at Houston, where he served as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Phillips had also served as UH’s recruiting coordinator.
As offensive coordinator, Phillips capped a successful 2011 season by helping Houston to a dominating 30-14 win over Penn State in the Ticket City Bowl, which included 600 yards of total offense, its eighth that season. In all, the 2011 Cougar offense was one of the most prolific in NCAA history, averaging nearly 600 yards per game to rank second all-time just behind the 1989 Houston Cougars, who averaged 625 yards per game.
During his tenure at Houston, Phillips worked with numerous stellar wide receivers, including Donnie Avery, the first wide receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft. In his last four seasons at UH, Phillips produced seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons from four different players. Phillips also directed an offense led by quarterback Case Keenum, whom Phillips helped to numerous NCAA records.
Phillips began his college coaching career in 2001, when he served as an offensive assistant at Houston. He spent the following season coaching wide receivers at Texas State before returning to the Cougars as wide receivers coach in 2003. He spent the 2007 season at Baylor, serving as the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. He returned to his alma mater in 2008 as co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach in 2010.
In 2001, he coached as an offensive intern for the Minnesota Vikings, working under head coach Dennis Green and offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis. In that capacity, Phillips worked closely with wide receivers Randy Moss, Chris Carter, Jake Reed and Chris Walsh. The following season, Phillips served in a similar capacity with the Atlanta Falcons, where he worked under head coach Dan Reeves.
Phillips was also selected to participate in the 2008 NCAA Coaches Academy Program and the 2010 NCAA Champions Forum, both of which were designed to identify and nurture minority future head coaching candidates.
A native Houstonian who played at Ross Sterling High School, Phillips first made his mark at the University of Houston by hauling in passes from Heisman Trophy quarterback Andre Ware during the Cougars high-flying, high-scoring Run `N Shoot heyday. Phillips led the nation in receiving yards in 1987 (875 yards) and 1988 (1,444), the first player since Tulsa’s Howard Twilley accomplished that feat 23 years earlier.
In 1987, Phillips not only was an All-Southwest Conference pick and the SWC Newcomer of the Year, but was also selected to the UPI All-America team. The following year Phillips was named to the All-SWC First Team, was the SWC Co-Offensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-America pick.
Phillips was also selected to the SWC’s All-Decade Team for the ’80s and, in 2006, Phillips’ spectacular contributions to the program were recognized when he was inducted into the Houston Hall of Honor.
Phillips, who was a consensus All-America wide receiver during his playing days at Houston, was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the NFL in 1989, where he set a rookie record with a 10-catch, 155-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Phillips, who has written about coaching and has published articles in American Football Monthly Magazine, earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Houston in 2001.
Jason Phillips File
2019 – Utah State – Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers
2018 – Salt Lake Stallions – Wide Receivers
2017 – Oregon State – Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers
2016 – Kansas – Wide Receivers
2015 – Denver Broncos – Training Camp Intern
2012-14 – SMU – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
2010-11 – Houston – Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator
2008-09 – Houston – Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator
2007 – Baylor – Inside Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator
2003-06 – Houston – Wide Receivers/Cornerbacks
2002 – Texas State – Wide Receivers
2002 – Atlanta Falcons – Training Camp Intern
2000-01 – Houston – Offense
2001 – Minnesota Vikings – Training Camp Intern
Bowl Games (6):
Houston – Ticket City, 2011; Armed Forces, 2009; Armed Forces, 2008; Liberty, 2006; Fort Worth, 2005; Hawaii, 2003.
1996-97 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats – Wide Receiver
1995 – Birmingham Barracudas – Wide Receiver
1991-94 – Atlanta Falcons – Wide Receiver
1989-90 – Detroit Lions – Wide Receiver
1987-88 – Houston – Wide Receiver
2001 – Houston – Kinesiology
Wife – Kimberly