April 22, 2011
Ex-Roseville soccer standout is college head coach at age 23

Former Roseville High School and Placer United soccer player Melissa Phillips has been named the women's soccer coach at Cal State Bakersfield at age 23.

Phillips, an assistant two seasons at CSU Bakersfield and the interim coach this spring after head coach Nicole Van Dyke left to be an assistant at Stanford, played collegiately at Cal State Stanislaus, where she was a three-time all-conference first team selection.

"It became apparant throughout this spring that Melissa is mature beyond her years," said CSU Baskersfield Athletic Director Jeff Konya in a press release. "Yes, she is young. But she brings a lot to the table. Through Melissa's guidance, the team has performed well on the field and the team has strengthened its academic credentials as well."

Phillips was a three-time All-Sierra Foothill League player at Roseville.

-Bill Paterson



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