Phil Cullen, who helped the Utes to three NCAA Tournament appearances from 1999-2002, has returned to his alma mater to join Larry Krystkowiak's coaching staff.
June 13, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah men's basketball team announced the hiring of two staff members Wednesday as former Ute Phil Cullen becomes the Director of Player Development and Camps, while Charles Stephenson signs on to be the team's new strength and conditioning coach.
"Both Phil and Charles are top-notch professionals but more importantly they are great people," said Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "Phil is a former Ute and a great guy. He is a really good fit for our staff. It's exciting to get some Utah blood back into the program and he is already working his tail off with our summer camps.
"Charles does a really nice job and he is very dialed in," Krystkowiak continued. "He has a good plan for our guys and we have already witnessed it in the short time he has been with our staff. I think it will be very beneficial to have a dedicated strength coach who travels with us and works in conjunction with our coaches and training staff on a daily basis."
As the Director of Player Development and Camps, Cullen replaces Randy Baruth, who recently accepted the head coaching job at Saginaw Valley State University. Stephenson will become the first basketball-specific strength coach in Utah men's basketball program history.
Cullen returns to his alma mater after three years as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University. He played for Utah from 1998-2002 and helped the Utes to a 90-35 record during that span, including a 28-5 mark in his freshman year. One of the Mountain West Conference's top 3-point shooters during his career, Cullen can still be found in the Utah record books ranked sixth in career 3-pointers made (153) and 3-pointers attempted (396).
Cullen received his bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Utah in 2006 and earned his master's in leadership from GCU in 2012. Cullen and his wife, Tara, have a daughter, Josie.
Stephenson earned his master's degree in exercise physiology from UVA in 1989 and did his undergraduate work at the College of William & Mary, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education. Stephenson and his wife, Diane, have four children, Tyler, Shea, Quinn and Carsyn.