Nate Philippe enters his 3rd season of leading York University Basketball in 2019-20 after being named as the head coach of the Lions on June 19, 2017. In his 2nd year at the helm, 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 Ottawa 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 (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 started off with 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.
In 2015-16, UQAM was Top 10 in Canada in 6 major statistical categories: Blocks/gm (2nd - 4.9), Def Rebounds/gm (5th - 30.6), Total Rebounds/gm (7th - 43.3), Opp FG% (7th - 38.1%), Opp 3pt % (8th - 29.4%), & FT attempts/gm (10th - 22.8).
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 46 players who have gone on to play proffessional basketball (including 8 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.
The 2014-15 season was one filled with adversity for the American Eagles with numerous injuries to key players, but it was a season of resilience and heart shown by the veteran group. AU finished the season as the #6 Seed in the Patriot League Tournament playing on the road for victories over #3 seed Lehigh (68-62), #2 seed Colgate (73-62), and an epic battle at Lafayette on CBS Sports Network in AU's second straight Championship game where they fell just short of a 2nd straight NCAA Tournament Birth (65-63). It was a dramatic program turnaround in the AU coaching staff's first 2 seasons with 37 wins and Back-to-Back appearances in the Patriot League Championship game. Coach Philippe was recognized on February 27th, 2015 by Next Up Recruits.com as the #1 Assistant Coach in the Patriot League on a list that included current NCAA D1 Head Coaches Eric Musselman (Nevada), Rick Stansbury (Western Kentucky), and Al Skinner (Kennesaw State).
The 2013-14 season was one to remember for American University men's basketball in Mike Brennan's first season as head coach, and one in which numerous records were broken. The AU coaching staff led a team picked ninth in the preseason poll coming off a 10-20 season to a 2nd place finish in the conference, tying a program record with 13 conference wins and starting the league slate a perfect 10-0, one win shy of the all-time AU record set by legendary coach Gary Williams in 1980-81. American led all teams in scoring defense (59.2 points per game), scoring margin (+6.7), FG percentage (50.5 percent), FG percentage defense (41.5 percent), 3pt FG percentage (40.5 percent) and assists (15.9). American became one of only five teams in the NCAA to open the conference slate with 10-straight victories. Brennan had the greatest first year of any AU coach, tying the program record for wins (20), set by American Hall of Famer Ed Tapscott. AU finished the season 13-5 in the Patriot League and 20-13 overall.
Along the way, four players were selected Patriot League All-Conference; Tony Wroblicky (1st Team & Defensive POY), Darius Gardner (2nd Team & Patriot League Tournament MVP), Jesse Reed (2nd Team & Scholar-Athlete of the Year), & John Schoof (3rd Team). Head Coach Mike Brennan was also selected by his peers 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.
Then live on CBS Sports Network on March 12th in Boston, AU completed their improbable turnaround season with a 55-36 win over Boston University, who were considered heavy favorites, capturing the 2014 Patriot League Tournament Championship and securing a birth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. AU was given a #15 seed and matched up with #2 Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI in the 2nd Round of the West Region. Wisconsin advanced to the 2014 Final Four in Dallas, TX.
Prior to arriving in DC, Philippe spent two seasons (2011-13) as an assistant coach with the University of Maine men's basketball program. His primary responsibilities included working with post players, defense, recruiting, scouting, and serving as the program's academic liaison. He helped develop Alasdair Fraser into a Back-to-Back All-Conference performer (America East 2nd Team 2012-13, 3rd Team 2011-12) and Mike Allison to Back-to-Back America East All-Defensive Team honors. Defensively Philippe guided Maine to the conference lead in Blocks (4.1/bpg) and mentored America East 2012-13 leader in blocks, Mike Allison (1.7/bpg) and the conference leader in steals, Justin Edwards (1.9/spg). Also, he helped develop 2 of the 3 players in Maine's history to total over 500 rebounds & 100 blocks, Ali Fraser and Mike Allison. Both Fraser and Allison are currently playing professionally overseas.
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 (T-Wolves, #1 Pick 2014), Nik Stauskas (76ers, #8 Pick 2014), Tristan Thompson (Cavs, #4 Pick 2011), Cory Joseph (Raptors, #29 Pick 2011), Dwight Powell (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. He 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 9 in December, and a daughter, Eva, who turned 5 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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