Phillipe Lilavois (pronounced Lee-LA-vwah) was named assistant coach for the ULM men's basketball program on July 1, 2016. Prior to joining the Warhawks, Lilavois was an assistant coach at Tallahassee Community College during the 2015-16 season, where the program finished 21-12 and made its first trip to the Region XIII Tournament in five years. At TCC, Lilavois coached three all-conference performers and two that received all-tournament recognition. Impressively, all seven of the program's sophomores graduated and five went on to play at the Division I level.
No stranger to winning, Lilavois has endured just one losing season in his seven years as an assistant coach and has developed in the field while serving at the foot of some of college basketball's most respected minds.
Prior to his stint at TCC, Lilavois worked as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Mississippi during the 2014-15 season. Lilavois served on a staff that led the Rebels to a bid in the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 21-13 record. At Ole Miss, Lilavois worked under head coach Andy Kennedy, currently the longest tenured coach in the SEC and Ole Miss’s all-time winningest coach.
Lilavois also held stints as an assistant coach at McMurry University (Abilene, Texas) for two years and Jacksonville (Texas) College for three years. At McMurry, he served on the staff of current Texas Tech University head coach Chris Beard. During his three seasons on the bench at Jacksonville, the Jaguars notched a combined 60-27 record, appearing in back-to-back regional semifinals and seeing seven of the program's players moving on to play at the Division I level.
Lilavois enjoyed his first taste of collegiate basketball coaching and administration when he served as a student manager for the Texas Tech University men's program from 2006-09 under legendary coach Bob Knight (2006-08) and his son, Pat (2008-09). Lilavois was part of the Red Raiders' 2006-07 NCAA tournament team and was on the bench when the elder Knight passed Dean Smith's total of 879 wins, which at the time was a record for a Division I men's basketball coach.
Prior to graduating from Texas Tech with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science, Lilavois played two seasons at Southeast (Neb.) Community College, where he earned academic all-conference honors. A native of Plano, Texas, Lilavois is currently working on completing his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Management at ULM.
“I’m enthusiastic for the opportunity to work for Coach Richard and the staff here at ULM. Being a part of a program that competes at a high level on the floor, but also graduates student-athletes is something I’m truly excited about,” Lilavois said. “I look forward to building relationships both on campus and in the Monroe community.”