The 2013-14 season marked the seventh season for Phil Beckner with the Wildcat basketball program. It was his fifth season as a full-time assistant coach at Weber State. Beckner came to WSU for the 2007-08 season and spent the first two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations. In 2010, he was elevated to a full-time assistant coach.
During the past season, Beckner helped lead the Wildcats to the 2013-14 Big Sky Conference title, the Big Sky Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. It marked the sixth straight postseason tournament appearance for coach Beckner at Weber State.
In his role with the Wildcats, Beckner is primarily responsible for the defensive plays. During the 2013-14 season, Weber State led the Big Sky in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense and rebounding margin. During the 2012-13 season, Weber State ranked second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense, in route to a record-setting 30-7 record and a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship game.
Beckner also oversees player development at Weber State and has worked extensively with several Wildcat players, including Joel Bolomboy who was third in the nation in rebounding in 2013-14 and named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year.
Beckner worked closely with Damian Lillard during his four seasons at Weber State, coaching him to All-American honors and the sixth overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft. Lillard was named the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year with the Portland Trail Blazers and was named to the 2014 NBA All-Star team.
In his time with the Wildcats, Beckner has been a part of three Big Sky championship teams with five conference MVP awards. David Patten (2007), Kellen McCoy (2009), Damian Lillard (2010, 2012) and Davion Berry (2014) were all named the Big Sky Conference MVP.
A native of Buckeye, Ariz., Beckner graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan., where he played four years on the men’s basketball team. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2005.
He returned home and taught physical education at Buckeye High School. He was a part of the staff that won the Arizona state title in 2006. He worked for former Grand Canyon University coach Russ Pennell at the Arizona Premiere Academy.