CHARLOTTE, N.C. (gobison.com) – North Dakota State University head basketball coach Saul Phillips has been named the 2014 Barefoot Coach of the Year by Samaritan's Feet, an organization that aims to raise money and awareness in order to provide shoes to impoverished children.
Phillips will be presented the award at the Final Four in Dallas on Saturday, Apr. 5, at the Legends of the Hardwood breakfast recognizing coaches who have demonstrated character, leadership, courage and compassion.
Phillips has coached multiple games barefoot over the last six seasons, including the Feb. 22 contest this season against South Dakota State in the Bison Sports Arena.
Through his barefoot efforts and influence beyond coaching on the sideline without shoes, Phillips created awareness for Samaritan's Feet and raised over $30,000 over the last three years, which provided over 2,000 pairs of shoes to impoverished children, both domestically and internationally.
"Coach Phillips has been an invaluable ambassador for Samaritan's Feet over the years, modeling servant leadership to his community and beyond," said Manny Ohonme, president and founder of Samaritan's Feet. "It's my honor to recognize Coach Saul for his efforts to serve impoverished children of North Dakota and around the world."
Previous Barefoot Coaches of the Year include John Calipari (2013), Scott Nagy (2012), Brad Stevens (2011), William Knopf (2010) and Ron Hunter (2009).