Nate Philippe enters his second year as an assistant coach with the UND men's basketball program in 2011-12. Philippe's primary responsibilities are recruiting, opponent scouting, academic monitoring, and working closely with UND post players.
During his first season with UND men’s basketball in 2010-11, the team won 19 games, including the Great West Conference Tournament Championship, which earned the team a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. UND’s freshman class led NCAA Division I in point production accounting for 65.4 percent of the team’s scoring.
brings more than 15 years of coaching and playing experience at the
prep and university levels in Canada to the Fighting Sioux program. This
past season, Philippe worked as an assistant coach at York University
and was also the associate head coach at the Regional Elite Development
Academy in Hamilton, Ontario.
Prior to his stints at York and
REDA, the Toronto native was the head coach at West Hill Collegiate
Institute, where he led the varsity boy's team to a 30-8 record and an
appearance in the city of Toronto championship game. Philippe also led
West Hill to an Elite Eight berth in the Ontario Provincial Tournament
(OFSAA) during the 2008-09 season.
Philippe also has previous
experience as a head coach with Grassroots Canada Elite AAU and spent a
season as an assistant coach with Centennial College.
excited about the addition of Nate Philippe to our program," Jones said.
"He is a 'grinder,' which I believe is an important strength to have
when you are at a transitional Division I program.
also open up some new doors in the recruiting world with his strong ties
in Canada and Prep schools. Nate offers our program different
experiences, which in turn will make our program better."
collegian, Philippe played two seasons at St. Mary's University in
Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was a starting power forward for the
Huskies. His first two collegiate seasons were spent with the UPEI
Panthers also as a starter. He earned numerous all-star, all-conference
and MVP honors during his career.
"I am extremely excited about
joining the UND men's basketball program and thank Coach Jones sincerely
for this opportunity," Philippe said. "I believe there is great
potential here to do some very special things together as a team, and I
look forward to getting started on the journey.
"My family and I
are excited about our move to North Dakota and look forward to forming
strong ties in the community and accomplishing great things with the UND
Philippe has also spent several years in the
corporate sector as a real estate agent. He and his wife Toni have a
son named Isaac, who will turn one in December.