Nate Philippe recently completed his 5th year of leading York University Basketball in 2021-22 after being named as the head coach of the Lions on June 19, 2017. The 2021-22 season was highlighted by a 114-110 road win on March 5th, 2022 vs #8 Ranked Queen's University, which was the highest scoring output of any York Lions team in 10 years. In the win, senior guard Prince Kamunga scored 45pts, which was the 2nd highest scoring game in school history behind David Coulthard's 50pt game in 1982. Kamunga, who was recruited and developed by Coach Philippe, set numerous York U records and milestones throughout his career including scoring 1,080 career points, which places him in 6th place All-Time, and is 6th All-Time in Rebounds (419), 3rd in Free-Throws (277), 4th in 3's made (137), 4th in Blocks (99), and 3rd in Steals (88). On Feb 26th, 2022 history was also made when Philippe's team beat Ontario Tech 112-68, which was the largest margin of victory for any Lions team since a 107-49 win vs RMC on Jan 13, 2013.
In his 2nd year at the helm in 2018-19, York Basketball took massive steps forward and was one of the most improved teams in the Country. The Lions qualified for the OUA Playoffs for the first time in 5 years, secured a victory vs a Top 10 team for the first time in 10 years (78-67 vs #6 Ranked uOttawa on Feb 9th, 2019), and were chosen as the Most Improved Team by the York Athletic department at the Annual Varsity Banquet. Philippe also recruited and developed the first OUA All-Rookie Team player that York University has had in 5 years in DeAndrae Pierre, who was also named as the Male Rookie of the Year for all sports at the York Varsity Athletic Banquet. For his work in the massive program turnaround, Coach Philippe was a finalist for the York Athletics Coach of the Year Award, and was selected as the head coach of Team White in the prestigious Biosteel All-Canadian Game on March 31st, 2019. He was also named as an Assistant Coach with the U19 Canadian National Team that competed in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece during the Summer of 2019.
Coach Philippe came to York after 2 years at UQAM (University of Quebec at Montreal) and 9 years as a college coach. Coach Philippe's teams had competed in the championship game in 5 of his previous 7 seasons prior to York (71% Championship game appearance rate), winning 2 conference championships and an international gold medal in that time.
At UQAM, Philippe led one of the most dramatic program turnarounds in the country. Under Philippe's guidance, UQAM had the most wins of any 2 year period in the program's history with a 40-30 record and Back-to-Back appearances in the RSEQ Championship game! Despite losing 3 of the team's top 4 players in 2016-17, UQAM battled to a 21-15 record (highest win total in UQAM history) and finished as the #3 seed in the RSEQ. The season was highlighted by wins over #2 Ranked uOttawa, #6 Ranked McGill, and an RSEQ Final 4 victory vs Concordia 81-71 to secure their place in the RSEQ Championship game vs McGill for the 2nd year in a row. It was a +29 win improvement in Philippe's 2 years compared to the 2 years prior to his arrival (40-30 between 2015-17 from 11-46 between 2013-15).
The 2016-17 season also included two signature program wins for UQAM basketball. On August 8th, 2016 UQAM achieved the first ever win in program history over an NCAA D1 opponent with a 66-64 victory vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC). The Citadins then followed up that history making win with a 74-72 victory vs St. Thomas Aquinas College (Elite 8 - 2017 NCAA D2 National Tournament).
For their efforts during the 2016-17 season, three UQAM Citadins were honored by the RSEQ Conference; Greishe Clerjuste (First-Team All-Star), Ibrahima Sylla (Second-Team All-Star), and Charles Miller (Ken Shields Award for Leadership & Community Service).
In his first year at the helm of UQAM in 2015-16, the team achieved a +13 win improvement (from 6-20 in 2014-15 to a 19-15 record in 2015-16), and went from last place in the league to a 3rd place finish. The 2015-16 season marked UQAM's first playoff appearance in 3 years. UQAM made a run all the way to the RSEQ Conference tournament finals where they fell just short vs McGill on their home floor in the championship game. The team also won a gold medal in the 1st ever FISU World University 3x3 Championships in Xiamen, China on October 11th, 2015. UQAM, who were representing Canada Basketball, held a record of 5-1 in the event with wins over teams from Belgium, China, Russia, and France in the gold medal game. With the Championship, UQAM qualified for the prestigious FIBA 3x3 All-Stars in Doha, Qatar where they finished the tournament 6th in the world despite being the only University team at the event competing against Professional teams.
During the process of the amazing turnaround for UQAM Basketball, history was made as Kewyn Blain was named the RSEQ Conference Player-of-the-Year, First-Team RSEQ All-Star, and a First-Team All-Canadian! Blain was the first men's basketball player in the history of UQAM to be named the Conference Player-of-the-Year and first named to the prestigious U Sports All-Canadian team. It is also the first time the RSEQ Conference had a player named First-Team All-Canadian since 2008-09. UQAM's Greishe Clerjuste was also named as an RSEQ Second-Team All-Star.
Philippe also recruited and mentored Rudolphe Joly who became the first player from the RSEQ to sign with the NBLC (National Basketball League of Canada), when he signed on with the Windsor Express. Philippe has coached 70+ players who have gone on to play proffessional basketball (including 12 in the NBA).
Philippe came to UQAM after two seasons at American University (2013-15) and five years as an NCAA D1 coach (2010-15). During his time at the NCAA D1 level, Coach Philippe's teams won two Conference Tournament Championships (North Dakota - 2011 Great West Conference Champions & American - 2014 Patriot League Champions) and made another Championship game appearance.
Philippe's two years at American University were two of the most successful seasons in AU history and one of the most incredible program turnarounds at the NCAA D1 level. The Eagles made it to Back-to-Back Patriot League Championship games (2014 & 2015), won 37 games, and won the 2014 Patriot League Championship with a 55-36 Win on March 12th, 2014 vs Boston U live on CBS Sports Network, securing a birth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a #15 seed vs eventual Final 4 team #2 Wisconsin. For their efforts, Mike Brennan was named as the Patriot League Coach of the Year, the NABC as District 13 Coach of the Year, and Nationally as a finalist for the Joe B. Hall (1st Year Head Coach of the Year), and the Hugh Durham (Mid-Major Coach of the Year) Awards in 2014, and Nate Philippe was recognized on February 27th, 2015 by Next Up Recruits.com as the #1 Assistant Coach in the Patriot League. The Eagles also had 4 players selected as Patriot League All-Conference, of which 3 went on to play Professionally.
Prior to arriving in DC, Philippe spent two seasons (2011-13) as an assistant coach with the University of Maine men's basketball program. Philippe came to UMaine from the University of North Dakota, where he assisted the team to the Great West Conference Tournament Championship and a post-season berth in the CIT National Tournament. He was part of a dramatic turnaround from 8-23 the previous year to a 19-15 for the 2010-11 season, led by a freshman class that was #1 in NCAA D1 in point production. While at UND, he was responsible for recruiting, scouting and academic monitoring while also working with the post players.
Prior to UND in 2009-10, Philippe was an assistant coach at York University and served as the associate head coach at the Regional Elite Development Academy. He was a part of REDA's founding first year, transitioning from the formerly Canada Basketball sponsored NEDA program.
In 2008-09, he was the head coach at West Hill Collegiate Institute, where he led the team to a 30-8 record (78.9% Winning %), an appearance in the Toronto Championship Game and a run to the Elite Eight at OFSAA.
Philippe has deep roots in the AAU circuit, previously serving as head coach for Grassroots Canada Elite AAU after serving as an assistant coach at Centennial College in Toronto. While with Grassroots Canada, Philippe worked with Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors, #1 Pick 2014), Tristan Thompson (Chicago Bulls, #4 Pick 2011), Nik Stauskas (Boston Celtics, #8 Pick 2014), Cory Joseph (Detroit Pistons, #29 Pick 2011), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavs, #45 Pick 2014), and numerous other elite Canadian prospects.
He played collegiately at the UPEI for a pair of seasons before moving on to St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he led the team to a pair of appearances in the AUS Championship game and the U Sports National Tournament twice. Philippe consistently ranked in the Top 10 in the AUS individually in scoring, rebounding, FG%, blocked shots and offensive rebounding, and won numerous All-Star and All-Conference awards. He graduated from St. Mary's in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Business Studies.
Philippe and his wife, Toni, have a son, Isaac, who turned 12 in December, and a daughter, Eva, who turned 8 in March. Philippe is NCCP Level 3 Certified through the Coaching Association of Canada, is an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and is fully bilingual (English & French).
Philippe brings a unique background into the coaching profession having been a successful Real Estate Agent for over 5yrs in Toronto and a Manager/Record setting salesperson in the Finance Industry.
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