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Phelps completed her first season at Northwest as the Interim Head Coach guiding Northwest to a sixth place finish in the MIAA and a 15-17 record.
After serving one season as an assistant coach under Jessica Rinehart, Phelps was tabbed Interim on July 12, 2012. Inheriting a young team that included three seniors, three juniors, seven sophomores and six freshman, Northwest earned a berth in the MIAA Postseason Tournament as a six seed before falling to Central Missouri in the first round.
Additionally, two Bearcats earned All-MIAA honors in her first season, as senior Tori Beckman earned first-team honors and sophomore Brooke Bartosh was named to the third-team. Beckman also capped one of the best defensive seasons ever at Northwest setting the single season record for digs with 716.
Phelps returned to Northwest in 2011 as an assistant coach for the Bearcats after a six-year absence from Maryville. She spent the 2003 and 2004 season as a graduate assistant under head coach Lori Slight.
In her time at Northwest, Phelps has been the top recruiter and director for all Bearcat volleyball camps as well as working primarily with the setters and middle hitters. The Holden, Mo., received her masters from Northwest in 2005 with a degree in physical education and an emphasis in sports administration.
Prior to returning to Northwest, Phelps spent six seasons at Alaska-Fairbanks as an assistant coach during the 2005 and 2006 season before being elevated to associate head coach from 2007-2010. She helped coach 10 All-Conference honorees in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and 31 GNAC Academic All-Conference student-athletes. Under Phelps the Nanooks also earned one GNAC Newcomer of the Year and one GNAC Freshman of the Year.
Her coaching career began in 2001 at her alma mater, Graceland University, where she assisted with both the men’s and women’s teams. In 2002 the Lady Jackets were Region V finalists and qualified for the NAIA National Championships.
During her time as a player, Phelps earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors and was named an honorable mention NAIA All-American as well as an NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete. Her team won both the regular season and postseason titles in the Heart of America Conference and she served as a co-captain.
Phelps graduated from Graceland in 2003 with a double major in health and wellness and program management. Phelps currently lives in Maryville.
|Northwest Missouri State University|
|Year||W-L||Conference Finish||NCAA Finish|
|CAREER TOTALS 15-17 (.468)|