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Joker Phillips (#524)

Joker Phillips was named head football coach in January 2010 following Rich Brooks' retirement. Phillips, a 1986 UK graduate, is UK's first African-American head football coach and only the second in the history of the Southeastern Conference.

In the interview with Renee Shaw, Phillips first describes growing up in the tight-knit community of Franklin. An accomplished athlete in several sports, he talks about why he chose to pursue a career in football. He shares how he got the name Joker, his true feelings about his high school rivals, and why he doesn’t travel with an entourage.

Phillips also discusses becoming the head coach at his alma mater, his relationship with Coach Brooks, and his thoughts about being the first African-American head football coach at UK.

Finally, the coach talks about his goals at UK, including changing perceptions about the football team and recruiting players who have strong character and a sincere desire to earn a degree. Phillips explains his disciplinary coaching style and lays out his “Operation Win” strategy—a military approach to managing the team in which the players must win in the classroom, in the community, and on the field.

Learn more about Phillips at the UK Athletics Web site.

Air Dates

Friday, March 26, 2010 at 5:00/4:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7:30/6:30 am CT on KET2