In a bit of a surprise, Stepinac basketball coach Tim Philp resigned today after 10 seasons, including nine as the head varsity coach. He cited wanting to spend more time with his family. He has a 2-year-old daughter and his wife is due with their second child in July.
“It’s a very difficult decision because it’s a passion of mine. It’s something I love doing,” said the 35-year-old Philp. “I’ve been coaching since I was 18 years old, but at some point you have to prioritize and decide where you want to spend your time and your energy. I have to be more concerned about being a committed father and parent than being a committed coach.”
Philp’s team finished 20-8 this season and reached the CHSAA AA semifinals for the first time since 1986. The Crusaders finished the season ranked No. 1 in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties by The Journal News and Philp was named the CHSAA AA coach of the year in his program’s second season in the league.
Philp graduated from Stepinac in 1995 and began coaching grammar school basketball at Christ the King when he was 18. He coached there for eight seasons before joining the staff at Stepinac. He was then named the head coach at 26. His team went on to win the 2010 CHSAA A championship and reached the CHSAA A semifinals in 2009 and 2011. He was named The Journal News’ coach of the year in 2010 and also coached the Crusaders to Slam Dunk titles in 2010 and 2013.
Philp finished with a career record of 135-103. He sent 17 players on to play college basketball in nine seasons, including four Division I players: Melquan Bolding (Duquesne/FDU), Tony Taylor (George Washington), Conroy Baltimore (Lehigh) and Josh James (Monmouth). Taylor, Baltimore and James all scored more than 1,000 career points and James was recently named The Journal News’ Westchester/Putnam player of the year. Taylor currently plays for the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA Developmental League.
Philp expects to coach again, but said now is not the time.
“My coaching days are definitely not over,” Philp said. “Now, that time doesn’t fit. I”m committed to being a parent and being around my kids.
“That’s the one good thing about coaching. If I miss it and I want to get back, you can always get back into coaching,” he added. “With my daughter and my baby, you can’t make up for that time.”