• RIM Detroit Diehards Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Team
  • Head Coach
  • U.S. Par­a­lympic Wheel­chair Basketball
  • For­mer Head Coach Men’s Team

Mau­rice Mo” Phillips, Jr. is cur­rent­ly devot­ed, full-time to his posi­tion of head coach for the Detroit Diehards, and serv­ing on the Nation­al Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Assoc (NWBA) Rules Com­mit­tee. Pri­or to its dis­so­lu­tion in Jan­u­ary 2004, Mo held a man­age­r­i­al posi­tion at Kids R Us. His pri­or work expe­ri­ence also includes durable med­ical equip­ment sales/​management and prop­er­ty man­age­ment. Mo has been active in the Nation­al Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Asso­ci­a­tion (NWBA) for over 30 years — 25 years as a play­er and in a coach­ing capac­i­ty since 1998.

At a grass roots lev­el, Mo has been a men­tor to many young play­ers over the years, par­tic­u­lar­ly those grow­ing up in his home state of Michi­gan. Mo worked with Win­ners on Wheels, an orga­ni­za­tion to pro­mote sports, edu­ca­tion and activ­i­ty, work­ing direct­ly with chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. He has worked with local physi­cians and phys­i­cal ther­a­pists to pro­mote the vis­i­bil­i­ty and par­tic­i­pa­tion in wheel­chair sports. Mo has been involved with Ath­letes Unlim­it­ed for 15 years, work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly to pro­mote dis­abled sports and to men­tor and facil­i­tate the devel­op­ment of young ath­letes. Mo also played an instru­men­tal role in the admin­is­tra­tive respon­si­bil­i­ties (Pres­i­dent and Vice Pres­i­dent) of the Detroit Sparks Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Asso­ci­a­tion, lead­ing to the team’s re-emer­gence into the nation­al tour­na­ment in 1989.

Mo has been involved with the U.S. Men’s Team since 1997 when he served on the US Team Selec­tion Com­mit­tee, and served in a coach­ing role for the U.S. Par­a­lympic Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Men’s Team. . Nation­al and inter­na­tion­al awards and accom­plish­ments include:

NWBA Nation­al Tournaments:

  • Cham­pi­onship Teams (Play­er) 1977, 19791982
  • Cham­pi­onship Teams (Coach) 19992000
  • Named All Amer­i­can 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 19881990
  • Cap­tain James S. Ure Sports­man­ship Award 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1988, 19901994
  • Induct­ed into the NWBA Hall of Fame 1998
  • Induct­ed into the ADHOF Hall of Fame 2004

Inter­na­tion­al Teams:

  • Pan Amer­i­can Team 1982, Gold Medal
  • Par­a­lympic Team 1984

Coach­ing Expe­ri­ence — NWBA:

  • Head Coach Michi­gan Thun­der­birds 1998
  • Head Coach Dal­las Mav­er­icks 1999 and 2000, win­ning the Nation­al Cham­pi­onship both years
  • Head Coach Detroit Diehards for the past 3 years.

Coach­ing Expe­ri­ence – International:

  • Assis­tant Coach Pan Amer­i­can USA Men’s Team 1999, Gold Medal
  • Assis­tant Coach Par­a­lympic USA Men’s Team 2000, Bronze Medal
  • Head Coach Pan Amer­i­can USA Men’s Team 2001, Sil­ver Medal
  • Head Coach Gold Cup USA Men’s Team 2002, Gold Medal
  • Head Coach Pan Amer­i­can USA Men’s Team 2003, Sil­ver Medal
  • Head Coach Par­a­lympic USA Men’s Team 2004, 7Th Place
  • Assis­tant Coach Great Britain Team Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships 2005, Sil­ver Medal