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Joseph "Joker" Phillips
Title Head coach
College Kentucky
Sport Football
Conference SEC
Team record 0–0
Born April 12, 1963 (1963-04-12) (age 46)
Place of birth United States Franklin, Kentucky
Career highlights
Overall 0–0
Playing career
1984, 1986
Washington Redskins
Toronto Argonauts
Position Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Kentucky (Graduate Asst.)
Kentucky (Asst. RC)
Kentucky (WR)
Cincinnati (WR)
Cincinnati (DB)
Minnesota (WR)
Notre Dame (WR)
South Carolina (WR)
Kentucky (WR/RC)
Kentucky (OC/WR)
Kentucky (Offense HC/WR)

Joseph "Joker" Phillips, Jr. (born April 12, 1963 in Franklin, Kentucky) is the head coach for the University of Kentucky Wildcats football team.[1]


Playing years

After a standout career at Franklin-Simpson High School, including being the quarterback for two state Class AAA championship teams, Phillips played wide receiver for the University of Kentucky Wildcats from 1981 through 1984. During his playing career, Phillips caught 75 passes for 935 yards and nine touchdowns at the wide receiver position. At the time of his departure from Lexington, he stood fifth on the school's receiving list.

After college, he played two seasons in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins.

Coaching years

After his career in the NFL, Phillips became a graduate assistant on the Kentucky football team. In 1990, he was promoted to assistant recruiting coordinator and in 1991 to wide receivers coach. In 1997, he was hired as wide receivers coach at the University of Cincinnati. Following two seasons in Cincinnati, Phillips made coaching stops at Minnesota, Notre Dame, and South Carolina. Phillips succeeded Urban Meyer as wide receivers coach at Notre Dame.

When Rich Brooks was hired as head football coach at Kentucky in late 2002, Phillips returned to his alma mater to serve as recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. With the departure of Ron Hudson late in the 2004 season, he was named offensive coordinator of the Wildcats.

Phillips helped to rejuvenate Kentucky's offensive scheme, which was one of the worst-performing in the country under Hudson. Under Phillips' balanced offense, André Woodson established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the country. In his first full season as offensive coordinator, Kentucky finished with a 8-5 record and defeated Clemson in the 2006 Music City Bowl. In 2007, Kentucky finished the season with another 8-5 record, defeating Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl. Winning the Music City Bowl for the second year in a row was the first time the Wildcats had won two consecutive bowls in over 50 years. The Wildcats finished in the top 15 nationally in points scored per game and averaged 460 yards of offense.

In January 2008, Phillips was designated as Brooks' successor, and was named head coach of the Wildcats on January 4, 2010 after Brooks's retirement.[2]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (2010–present)
2010 Kentucky 0–0 0–0
Kentucky: 0–0 0–0
Total: 0–0
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ Cosby, Chip (4 January 2010). "Brooks retires as UK coach". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  2. ^ University of Kentucky Athletic Department (2010-01-06). "The Future Is Now for Joker Phillips". Press release. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 

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Preceded by
Ron Hudson
Kentucky Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Rich Brooks
University of Kentucky Head Football Coach
Succeeded by


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