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Wade Phillips

Defensive Coordinator for the Houston Texans, Former Head Coach for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills

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 Wade Phillips Biography

Wade Phillips is in his second season as the Houston Texans defensive coordinator. Phillips has 36 years of coaching experience, including the last 30 as a defensive coordinator or head coach. Phillips was named Texans defensive coordinator on Jan. 5, 2011.

Phillips has helped orchestrate 13 top-10 defensive performances and has helped lead teams to 12 playoff appearances, all of which have come since 1988, as a head coach or defensive coordinator. He has reached the playoffs in his first season with each of the last eight teams he has taken over as head coach or defensive coordinator, including the Houston Texans in 2011.

In 2011, Phillips earned recognition as the PFW/PFWA Assistant Coach of the Year after the Texans’ defense finished second in the NFL with 285.7 yards allowed per game. Phillips installed a 3-4 scheme that yielded the third-largest single-year improvement since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, flipping a unit that gave up 379.6 yards per game and ranked 31st in the NFL in 2010.

Phillips’ current post with the Texans marks the second time he and head coach Gary Kubiak have been on the same sideline. Kubiak and Phillips’ tenures overlapped with the Denver Broncos from 1989-91. Kubiak played for the club from 1983-91 and Phillips served as defensive coordinator from 1989-92 before taking over as the franchise’s head coach from 1993-94.

Phillips, 65, served as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2007 until midway through the 2010 season, compiling a 34-22 record (.607 winning pct.). Under Phillips, the Cowboys’ defense gave up an average of 329.9 yards per game to rank 10th in the NFL during his tenure and played a key role in producing three straight winning seasons from 2007-09, including two playoff appearances and the franchise’s first playoff win in 12 seasons in 2009. He owns a career coaching record of 83-66, including the postseason.

Prior to his tenure in Dallas, Phillips served as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers from 2004-06. The Chargers gave up fewer than 20 points per game all three years Phillips was at the helm of the defense, posted three straight winning seasons and qualified for the playoffs in 2004 and 2006.

He served as interim head coach of the Atlanta Falcons for the final three games of 2003 after joining the franchise as defensive coordinator in 2002. From 1998-2000, Phillips was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, compiling a 29-19 record and leading the team to two playoff appearances and the top overall defense in that time. Buffalo led the NFL in total defense in 1999, allowing only 266.2 yards and 14.3 points per game. Before taking the reins in Buffalo, he was the team’s defensive coordinator from 1995-97.

Phillips’ first coordinator position came with the New Orleans Saints from 1981-85. He then moved on to serve as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986-88. His NFL coaching career began in Houston, with the Oilers in 1976, serving on the staff of his father, legendary coach Bum Phillips, until 1980.

The Texans’ defensive coordinator has strong ties to the city of Houston and the state of Texas, coaching at the high school, collegiate and professional levels in the Lone Star State. He was born in Orange, Texas and played his prep career at Port Neches-Grove High School in Port Neches. Phillips played linebacker at the University of Houston from 1966-68 and coached for the Cougars in 1969.

Phillips returned to his roots from 1970-72, serving as the defensive coordinator at Orange (Texas) High School. In 1973, he joined the Oklahoma State University staff, coaching linebackers for two seasons. Phillips was then hired to coach the defensive line at Kansas in 1975, his last season coaching in the college ranks.

Phillips and wife Laurie have one son, Wesley, who is an assistant offensive line coach with the Dallas Cowboys, and a daughter, Tracy, who is a professional actress, dancer and choreographer in Hollywood, Calif. He resides in Houston and is the only member of the Texans’ coaching staff on Twitter (@sonofbum).

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Wade Phillips

Defensive Coordinator for the Houston Texans, Former Head Coach for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills

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Wade Phillips Biography

Wade Phillips is in his second season as the Houston Texans defensive coordinator. Phillips has 36 years of coaching experience, including the last 30 as a defensive coordinator or head coach. Phillips was named Texans defensive coordinator on Jan. 5, 2011.

Phillips has helped orchestrate 13 top-10 defensive performances and has helped lead teams to 12 playoff appearances, all of which have come since 1988, as a head coach or defensive coordinator. He has reached the playoffs in his first season with each of the last eight teams he has taken over as head coach or defensive coordinator, including the Houston Texans in 2011.

In 2011, Phillips earned recognition as the PFW/PFWA Assistant Coach of the Year after the Texans’ defense finished second in the NFL with 285.7 yards allowed per game. Phillips installed a 3-4 scheme that yielded the third-largest single-year improvement since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, flipping a unit that gave up 379.6 yards per game and ranked 31st in the NFL in 2010.

Phillips’ current post with the Texans marks the second time he and head coach Gary Kubiak have been on the same sideline. Kubiak and Phillips’ tenures overlapped with the Denver Broncos from 1989-91. Kubiak played for the club from 1983-91 and Phillips served as defensive coordinator from 1989-92 before taking over as the franchise’s head coach from 1993-94.

Phillips, 65, served as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2007 until midway through the 2010 season, compiling a 34-22 record (.607 winning pct.). Under Phillips, the Cowboys’ defense gave up an average of 329.9 yards per game to rank 10th in the NFL during his tenure and played a key role in producing three straight winning seasons from 2007-09, including two playoff appearances and the franchise’s first playoff win in 12 seasons in 2009. He owns a career coaching record of 83-66, including the postseason.

Prior to his tenure in Dallas, Phillips served as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers from 2004-06. The Chargers gave up fewer than 20 points per game all three years Phillips was at the helm of the defense, posted three straight winning seasons and qualified for the playoffs in 2004 and 2006.

He served as interim head coach of the Atlanta Falcons for the final three games of 2003 after joining the franchise as defensive coordinator in 2002. From 1998-2000, Phillips was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, compiling a 29-19 record and leading the team to two playoff appearances and the top overall defense in that time. Buffalo led the NFL in total defense in 1999, allowing only 266.2 yards and 14.3 points per game. Before taking the reins in Buffalo, he was the team’s defensive coordinator from 1995-97.

Phillips’ first coordinator position came with the New Orleans Saints from 1981-85. He then moved on to serve as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986-88. His NFL coaching career began in Houston, with the Oilers in 1976, serving on the staff of his father, legendary coach Bum Phillips, until 1980.

The Texans’ defensive coordinator has strong ties to the city of Houston and the state of Texas, coaching at the high school, collegiate and professional levels in the Lone Star State. He was born in Orange, Texas and played his prep career at Port Neches-Grove High School in Port Neches. Phillips played linebacker at the University of Houston from 1966-68 and coached for the Cougars in 1969.

Phillips returned to his roots from 1970-72, serving as the defensive coordinator at Orange (Texas) High School. In 1973, he joined the Oklahoma State University staff, coaching linebackers for two seasons. Phillips was then hired to coach the defensive line at Kansas in 1975, his last season coaching in the college ranks.

Phillips and wife Laurie have one son, Wesley, who is an assistant offensive line coach with the Dallas Cowboys, and a daughter, Tracy, who is a professional actress, dancer and choreographer in Hollywood, Calif. He resides in Houston and is the only member of the Texans’ coaching staff on Twitter (@sonofbum).

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  • How much does it cost to book Wade Phillips?

    Booking fees for Wade Phillips, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wade Phillips, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Wade Phillips?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wade Phillips for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wade Phillips for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Wade Phillips or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Wade Phillips or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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