Phillipe McCree

Assistant Coach
6th Season at JCCC

Phillipe McCree is in his sixth season on the Johnson County women’s basketball staff. When he came on board prior to the 2012-13 campaign, he brought a wealth coaching experience to the program. McCree has coached at various levels of club basketball, college and high school. He also is the director and founder of The Lady Prospects AAU basketball program.

McCree’s philosophy of playing an up tempo style at both ends of the floor coincided with JCCC head coach Ben Conrad’s style of play. McCree’s duties with the Lady Cavaliers will include on-court coaching, recruiting and opponent scouting.

In his five seasons with Conrad, McCree has helped the program win four Kansas Jayhawk Conference titles, two Region VI titles and a National Championship in 2014-15 and a runner-up finish in 2016-17.  Overt that span, Johnson County has posted an amazing 158-10 record (.9540) and held the No. 1 ranking in 28 of 66 NJCAA Coaches Polls, and were among the top five in 60 polls.  The 20145-16 team completed an unblemished 30-0 record during the regular season and held the number one ranking for 12 consecutive polls. They went on to finish 31-1 and ranked third in the final national poll.

As a team, the Lady Cavaliers have ranked among top three scoring teams in three of the past five years, including a nation’s best 84.7 average in 2015-16. Defensively, the programs has ranked among the top 10 in four of his five seasons, including a school record and NJCAA-best 41.5 average in 2012-13.

Individually, McCree has helped mentor seven NJCAA All-Americans, six WBCA All-Americans, five NJCAA All-Tournament performers, one tournament MVP selection, 19 All-Region VI selections, 19 All-Jayhawk Conference picks and three conference MVP selections, including this year’s MVP Austin Richardson.

Off the court, four players have garnered NJCAA Student Athlete Academic honors, and the 2012-13 squad finished seventh in the WBCA’s Academic Honor Roll with a team grade point average of 3.234.

McCree has also played a role in helping JCCC’s student-athletes move on to opportunities at four-year institutions. In his five years, McCree has helped 27 players earn scholarships to four-year schools.

Prior to joining the Lady Cavaliers in August, McCree served one season as head coach for the Perry-Lecompton High School girls’ basketball program. He took over the Lady Kaws last year on the heels of a 3-18 campaign and saw his team improve to 5-16 while starting just one senior and four sophomores. The highlight of the campaign came when the Lady Kaws went 2-1 in the Jefferson County North Invitational, and senior Natasha Carver and sophomore Madison Hess were named to the all-tournament team. Carver would later be named honorable mention All-Area by the Lawrence Journal-World, and Hess garnered honorable mention All-Big Seven Conference accolades.

McCree’s experience includes stints at Washburn University, Highland Community College, Lawrence Free State High School and Olathe Christian School. He spent the 2010-11 season on the Lady Blues bench at Washburn learning under head coach Ron McHenry as a volunteer assistant. A preseason No. 9 team that season, Washburn went on to finish 22-7 overall, and advance to the school’s 10th straight NCAA Tournament.

McCree served two seasons at Highland under James Arnold, where he was in charge of post-player development, and was the in-state recruiting coordinator. In his second season with the program, the Lady Scotties produced one of its best seasons, finishing 15-17, while reaching the championship game of the Region VI Division II Tournament. He also helped mentor two All-East Jayhawk Conference performers, four All-Region VI D-II performers, one NJCAA third-team All-American and saw three players move on to play at the next level.

McCree also served as an assistant coach at Lawrence Free State, helping the team the State Tournament in 2000 and 2001. He got his head coaching start at Olathe Christian School in 2004, and led the team to a fourth place finish in the KCAA State Tournament in just his first year, and followed by a KCAA State Championship in his second campaign.

In 2005, McCree founded the Lady Prospects AAU Basketball Club. Based in Lawrence, Kan., the Lady Prospects are in its seventh year of existence and have grown to be one of the top club girls basketball programs in Kansas. His club provides players with the opportunity to play against some of the nation’s top programs, while exposing their talents to college coaches at all levels. Currently, there are 19 former players on collegiate rosters, including JCCC forward Kathleen Brisbane and University of Minnesota senior guard Leah Cotton.

In addition his experience working with women’s basketball program, McCree also served four years with the boys’ basketball program at Lawrence Free State, two as a student assistant and two as an assistant.

McCree has also been involved in various other youth sports, both as a coach and administrator. He served one season as assistant football coach at Lawrence West Junior High, in 2007, and as director of the KCAA State volleyball and soccer tournaments in 2005.

The Lawrence, Kan., native is certified through the American Sports Education Program and a member of the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, Black Coaches Association, Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.