Phil Haig, a former collegiate pitcher at Illinois and FIU, is in his second year as a volunteer coach with the Tulane Green Wave baseball program.
Assisting head coach David Pierce with the pitching staff, Haig played a large part in Tulane’s success on the mound, as well as their return to the NCAA Regionals, as the Green Wave were selected as an at-large team in 2015.
Tulane’s 2015 pitching staff was one of the best in the nation, as the Green Wave hurled nine shutouts, good for fourth in the NCAA behind only Vanderbilt, TCU and Southern Miss while also breaking a Tulane single-season school record.
One of Haig’s pitchers in Corey Merrill had an outstanding season for the Green Wave in 2015. An American Athletic Conference All-Second Team selection, Merrill posted the seventh-lowest opponent batting average in single-season school history (.222) while ranking eighth in the conference in strikeouts (81). Four pitchers ranked in the top-10 in single-season school history in combined shutouts in Ian Gibaut (five), Emerson Gibbs (four), Patrick Duester (three) and Merrill (three), with Gibaut setting a new single-season school record.
In the backend of the bullpen, Tulane registered 17 saves, tying for the fourth-most in a single season at Tulane.
Haig spent three years as a volunteer coach with the Sam Houston State Bearkats under head coach David Pierce during one of the most successful periods in SHSU baseball history. In all three years with the Bearkats, Haig was a part of three consecutive Southland Conference regular season title-winning teams, while also helping guide the Bearkats to NCAA Regional appearances in all three of those seasons.
Prior to arriving at SHSU, Haig spent the 2011 season as a left-handed starter at FIU. With the Golden Panthers, he made 16 starts, while leading the team with nine wins, 99.1 innings and 72 strikeouts. Haig posted a 9-4 record and a 3.44 ERA while holding hitters to a .257 average and allowed just 38 earned runs. The Panthers went 40-20-1 while making an NCAA Regional appearance in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Haig earned All-Sun Belt second-team honors for his work on the mound in 2011.
Haig spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Illinois where he was a dual-sport athlete competing in both football and baseball.
During his sophomore campaign with the Fighting Illini, Haig went 7-3 with a 4.92 ERA over 82.1 innings, leading the team in wins, while placing third in strikeouts with 44. As a freshman in 2008, Haig came on strong late, finishing the season with a 2-3 record in 36.1 innings. He earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors during the final week of the regular season after tossing a two-hit shutout against Purdue on May 17.
Haig was a backup quarterback for the 2008 Fighting Illini football squad that rose to the ranks of No. 13 and competed in the school's first Rose Bowl since 1984. Haig comes from a sports family. His mother and father, Allan Haig and Jennifer Christensen, were both athletes at Iowa State competing in volleyball and hockey, respectively. His sister Andrea played soccer at Wayne State and other sister Joanna played soccer at Louisville.
A native of Inver Grove Heights, Minneosta, Haig was a five-sport athlete at Henry Sibley High School, earning a total of 10 All-Conference honors: three in baseball, three in tennis, two in football and one each in wrestling and basketball. He earned three All-State baseball selections, while also earning high national rankings from major recruiting services for his work as a quarterback.