Joe Phillips, Academic Advisor
After living in Arkansas City, Kansas for the first twenty years of his life, Joe K. Phillips has settled in Alva, Oklahoma. Joe attended the Arkansas City school system and graduated in 1979. Coming from a family that was very involved in athletics, he decided coaching and teaching would become his profession of choice. Upon graduating from Cowley County Community College in 1981 with an Associate of Arts degree, he attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1984, and Master’s of Education in 1988.
While attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Joe played baseball for two seasons, achieving All-Conference status as a first baseman for the Rangers. After completing his playing days he became an assistant coach for the next five seasons under Dr. Randy Smith.
In the summer of 1988, Joe took over the helm as Head Baseball Coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and guided the Rangers for the next twenty years. Having several successful seasons, the best being in 2001, the Rangers set records for the most wins at 49 and team batting average of .393. That same year, Northwestern achieved its highest NAIA national ranking, being rated seventh in the country. In his tenure at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, he coached five NAIA All-Americans and produced three Academic All-Americans. Joe coached over 40 players that are now in the coaching ranks, and seven young men that are Highway Patrolmen.
At Northwestern, Joe met his wife of twenty-five years, Tanya (Harp) Phillips. She is currently teaching at Alva Middle School. The couple have three children; Jake, a graduate from NWOSU, currently teaching and coaching in Texas. Pete, a sophmore at NWOSU, and Taryn, a senior at Alva High School. The Phillips family enjoys attending several events in the Alva community including sporting activities, Alva Electric Gold, and Speech and Drama events. Joe and Tanya spend their free time horseback riding throughout Northwestern Oklahoma.
As of December 2008, Joe started a new position with the Upward Bound Math & Science program and works as an academic advisor. Joe will continue working with the Northwestern staff, as well as mentoring young people of Northwestern Oklahoma.