Title: Men's & Women's Head Coach
Jacob Phillips enters his 15th year as the Head Coach for the DBU Patriot Cross Country and Track & Field programs. Over the past 14 seasons, Phillips has coached over 75 NCCAA All-Americans and over 25 national champions. Phillips has also led the Women’s Cross Country Team to 12 consecutive Heartland Conference Championships, while the Men’s Cross Country Team has won seven titles. During that span, Phillips has been named the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year on eight occasions. 13 Cross Country athletes have also been tabbed the Heartland Conference Runner of the Year, eight have been named the Freshman of the Year, and 135 have earned All-Conference recognition under Phillips’ direction.
Since 2009, Phillips has guided the Lady Patriots to four trips to the NCAA National Championships in Cross Country (2009, 2015, 2017, & 2018), where they finished the season in the Top 25 all four years. On the men's side, Phillips led a Patriots team comprised of non-scholarship runners to a school-best 18th place finish in 2017.
In 2018, Stetson Rayas was named an NCAA All-American in Cross Country. Rayas also went on to set school records in the 3,000 and the 5,000 meters and garnered Second Team All-American honors in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Rayas, Trent Phelps, and Leah Lewis also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The 2017 season saw Andrew Curry garner NCAA All-American honors in Cross Country. Curry also set school records in the 5,000 meters (Indoors and Outdoors) and the 10,000 meters. Fellow senior, Trent Phelps, also established a set of school records in the 1,500 meters and the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The trio of Curry, Phelps, and Rayas capped off the 2017 season by qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
In 2015, Kelsey Bruce qualified for the NCAA Championships in the Women’s 5,000 meters (Indoors) and the Women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase (Outdoors). Following a sixth place finish in the Women’s 5,000 meters and a fourth place showing in the Women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, Bruce was named an All-American in both events. After her stellar Cross Country season where she finished as All-American, Bruce qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials where she was the youngest finisher in the race.
In 2014, Bruce became the first All-American for Dallas Baptist University in Track & Field with her seventh place finish in the Women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. Phillips oversaw a spectacular year from Bruce, which included qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 5,000 meters, and winning NCCAA Championships in Cross Country, Indoor 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters, and Outdoor 3,000 meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters.
Bruce also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the Women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase in 2013, as she broke Laura Mucho’s previous record with a 10:38.78. Bruce qualified for the finals in the event at the NCAA Championships and finished 11th overall.
In 2011, Zach Braff stormed to a national leading time in the men’s 800 meter run under Phillips. Braff ’s time of 1:50.83 earned him the top spot in the NCAA Division II rankings for most of the season, before he finished sixth overall to round out the year. Braff ’s time is a school record. Braff also went on to win the NCCAA Indoor National Championship in the 800 meters and help the Men’s team to the distance medley National Championship.
Under Phillips’ leadership in 2010, Laura Mucho set the school record in the Women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with her NCAA provisionally qualifying time of 10:52.30. Mucho was also a member of the school record setting 4 x 800 meter relay and the distance medley relay.
In 2009, Phillips coached the Women’s team to their first ever NCAA National Championship birth in Cross Country where they finished 22nd overall nationally. In 2015 the Lady Patriots made a return trip to the NCAA National Championships where Kelsey Bruce finished fourth overall as an individual and the team finished 23rd. Two years later, DBU notched a 22nd place showing, followed by a 24th place finish in 2018.
Phillips also led Hannah Steffan to the NCAA National Championships with qualifiers in the Women’s 5000 meters (2009, 2010) and the 1500 meters (2009). While running under Phillips, Steffan set school records in all of the distance events excluding the 10,000 meters and the 3,000 meters steeplechase. Her school records include the 800 meters, 1500 meters, one mile, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, 4 x 800 meter relay, and the Distance Medley Relay.
Growing up in Hull, Texas, and attending Hull-Daisetta High School, Phillips graduated the top-ranked male from his high school class. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from DBU in August of 2006, and has his Masters of Education in Kinesiology from DBU. Jacob and his wife, Rachel, a 2011 graduate of DBU, attend Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill.
Title: Assistant Coach
Kelsey Bruce enters her second year as an Assistant Coach for the DBU Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track teams. She serves as the women’s recruiting coordinator as well as assisting with coaching roles, specializing in steeple chase. She has been an athlete or coach for 6 of the past 10 Conference Championships.
During her career at DBU, Bruce competed in both Track and Cross Country under head coach Jacob Phillips from 2011-2015. As a four-time All-American over that span, Bruce finished her collegiate career with a fourth place finish in the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships. She was also a member of the top 25 Division 2 team in 2015, a NCAA championship team appearance.
After completion of eligibility, qualified for and competed in the ’16 Olympic Trials in the Marathon. Later in 2016, she clocked one of the top 25 marathon times for the US and finished top 10 in three other US Championships including the 20k, 25k, and half marathon championships.
Bruce graduated with academic honors from Dallas Baptist University with a B.S. in Mathematics and Minor in Physics. She is currently working on an Master of Arts in Teaching and plans to graduate in December. Bruce is a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Grand Prairie.
Title: Assistant Coach
Andrew Price enters his seventh season on the Track & Field coaching staff and serves as the team’s Assistant Coach with an emphasis on sprinting and field events.
Price is coming off a 2019 season in which he coached four All-Lone Star Conference selections including Valerie Parker, a First Team honoree in the Indoor Distance Medley Relay. Emily Kent garnered Second Team All-LSC honors in the Indoor Long Jump after finishing second place in the conference, while Demi Olivier and Drew Warren were each Third Team All-LSC selections.
The 2018 season saw Price guide the men’s team to a pair of first place finishes at the NCCAA National Championships, as Ryan Kingland claimed the title in the men’s 400 meters, while the team of Kingland, Jared Gilley, Chauncee Holston, and Thomas Tannehill won the 4x400 meter relay. On the women’s side, Valerie Parker placed first in the 400 meter hurdles.
In 2017, Price coached five athletes who were NCAA provisional qualifiers, as well as five NCCAA national champions. In 2016, Price helped produce an NCCAA All-American in Ryan Kingland, who earned All-American honors in both the indoor and outdoor 400 meters.
During his collegiate career, Price ran as a member of the Patriot Track and Field Team from 2009 - 2014, and graduated from Dallas Baptist University with his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies in May 2013. He completed his Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies in May of 2015.
Born in League City, Texas, Price spent his most formidable years in The Woodlands, Texas, where he graduated from College Park High School in 2009. Price felt a call to ministry at the age of 17, and fulfills that call through coaching at DBU. He sees his Track Team as his flock that he ministers to on a daily basis.
Price married his wife, Julie Ann Price, a former Patriot distance runner and DBU graduate, in November 2014. They currently reside in Las Colinas, Texas.