Phifer Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Hilbert

Release Date:
August 3, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Matt Phifer, who assisted in guiding the Genesee Community College Lady Cougars to the team’s highest ranking in the college’s history, has been named head women’s basketball coach at Hilbert College, announced director of athletics Richard Walsh.

“Matt possesses all the qualities to be a successful Division III coach,” said Walsh. “With his recent experience at GCC and proven accomplishments, I’m confident he will be highly effective in recruiting top-notch student-athletes and in building Hilbert’s women’s basketball program. He is a great addition to our coaching staff.”
As assistant coach at GCC, Phifer helped lead the Lady Cougars to win the Region III National Junior College Athletic Association Division II title, earning the team a spot in the national tournament. The Cougars also ranked sixth nationally and were undefeated in conference play.
Prior to GCC, Phifer spent three seasons as head men’s basketball coach at Jamestown Community College, where he was the youngest head coach in the Western New York Athletic Conference of the NJCAA Region III.
Phifer coached several All-Conference and All-Region players, the first-ever JCC student-athletes to receive these honors, and sent several players on to Division I, II and III schools. Under his direction, the men’s team consistently finished in the top five in scoring in Region III.
He also developed a men’s basketball league team at Rock of Revelation Church in Olean, where he led the team to the third best record in the Olean church league, and coached the league MVP and Most Improved Player. He was named the 2003 Men’s League Coach of Year.
A native of Dallas, Phifer played high school basketball in Little Elm and The Colony, Texas.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Empire State College.
Phifer resides in Tonawanda.


Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.