Campbell-Phipps appointed assistant coach for Lehigh women’s football

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh heads the women’s soccer coach Lauren Calabrese announced the addition of Taylor Campbell-Phipps as an assistant coach on Wednesday. Phipps, a former NCAA national champion at Penn State in 2015, was a multiple Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Lehigh women’s soccer community,” said Campbell-Phipps. “From the moment I first walked onto the Lehigh campus, I felt a sense of family in everyone I met. It’s evident that this community has fostered a culture of warmth, curiosity, and excellence. I look forward to bringing a new perspective to the coaching staff as a former player who was in that student-athlete position less than five years ago.

“As a result, I have a deep understanding of the unique challenges that female students and female athletes face every day in our society today,” she continued. “I look forward to using this understanding for the benefit of this program as I believe it is important that different perspectives influence decision-making from the top down. Coach Calabrese is the ideal leader for this approach and I anticipate the success of this program as an indicator of how carefully she has selected her coaching staff to lead this group of bright and talented young women.”

Campbell-Phipps comes to Lehigh having served as a senior sales representative since 2021.

“I am delighted to welcome Taylor to our women’s soccer community in Lehigh,” said Calabrese. “As a black, queer, female and former athlete who competed at a high level on a nationally respected program, Taylor offers a compelling perspective and lived experience that will make a valuable contribution to our program culture. Taylor’s history as a player, coupled with her passion for learning, affinity for innovative thinking and willingness to engage in thoughtful dialogue, will make her a good choice to recruit, coach and develop student athletes.”

Campbell-Phipps served as Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Gifts at her alma mater from November 2019 to August 2021. A soccer student and athlete at Penn State, Campbell-Phipps played in nine games during the Nittany Lions’ 2015 national championship campaign, recording a career-high 36 minutes against Indiana. She was named an Academic All-Big Ten both as a sophomore and as a junior when Penn State returned to the NCAA tournament in both seasons (reaching the national quarterfinals in 2017).

Campbell-Phipps received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Health from Penn State University in 2018.

“I’m incredibly excited that our people and high-performing development team are working with Taylor to continue building a collaborative community committed to competitive performance and academic excellence,” said Calabrese.

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