Michael Phipps is rejoining the Navy men’s lacrosse coaching staff as offensive coordinator, The Capital has confirmed through multiple sources.
Phipps, who was an assistant at Navy from 2014 through 2017, replaces Brad Ross who was named head coach at Bryant University last week.
Inside Lacrosse first reported the news that Phipps would depart Georgetown after five years. Navy head coach Joe Amplo had no comment when contacted about the impending hiring of Phipps.
Phipps, a lifelong Annapolis resident, saw his stock rise considerably as the architect of Georgetown’s high-powered offenses. The Hoyas have consistently ranked top 10 nationally in numerous offensive categories, while averaging more than 14 goals per game over the past four seasons.
Senior attackman Dylan Watson and junior midfielder Graham Bundy led the way as Georgetown averaged more than 15 goals this past season.
Phipps was a Navy assistant under head coach Rick Sowell, working primarily with the offense. He left the academy to become offensive coordinator at Georgetown under head coach Kevin Warne, with whom he had a prior relationship.
Phipps played at Maryland while Warne was defensive coordinator for the program and later worked alongside him while serving as director of lacrosse operations for his alma mater. Warne promoted Phipps to associate head coach of the Hoyas in February 2021.
Phipps starred as an attackman at Severn School, where he was a two-time, first team All-County selection. He earned a scholarship to Maryland, following in a family legacy as both his father and grandfather were products of the program.
Phipps was named an honorable mention All-American after leading Maryland in points (50) and assists (28) in 2007. He amassed 95 career points and received the Van Trump Award as the Terrapins’ top attackman as a senior.
Phipps played professionally in Major League Lacrosse for three seasons before focusing on a coaching career. After spending two seasons as offensive coordinator at Severn School, Phipps accepted the same position at High Point from 2012 to 2014. He followed in a family tradition again by joining the Navy coaching staff in August 2014.
Louis “Buster” Phipps, his grandfather, was an assistant at Navy during the glory years under legendary head coach Willis Bilderback, serving from 1959-72. Wilson Phipps, his father, was an assistant under head coach Bryan Matthews from 1981-85.
“It was pretty much a no-brainer. I grew up around Navy lacrosse and hearing my grandfather talk about all the national championship teams he helped coach,” Mike Phipps told The Capital at the time. “Growing up in Annapolis and always going to the Navy games, this is definitely a dream come true.”