Phil Gentry has coached the St. Mary’s Academy Wildcats for the past 24 seasons. He joined SMA after helping with the boys basketball program at Colorado Academy from 1989 to 1994. During his career as head coach of the Wildcats, he has led the varsity to ten trips to the State Tournament, which have included four appearances in the Sweet Sixteen and one appearance in the Elite Eight. The Wildcats were League Champions in 1998 and Division Champions in 2009 and 2010, and most recently made back-to-back trips to the State Tournament in the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 seasons. Phil coached the cross country team from 1996 to 1999 and led the team to an 8th place finish at the State Meet in 1996. Phil was inducted into the Metro League Hall of Fame in the spring of 2015.
Phil graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado College with a B.A. in Business/Economics. He was presented with the Outstanding Business/Economics Award for the class of 1985. Phil is a math teacher and the Director of College Counseling. He says that he knew St. Mary’s Academy was the place for him immediately after his student interview that led to him being hired in 1995. Phil has a daughter who graduated from SMA in 2016 after spending thirteen years from kindergarten through senior year as a Wildcat!