Phillip E. Morris, Tribe Hockey's first head coach, passed away on January 17, 2013. He is remembered for transforming the team into a competitive collegiate program. Prior to coming to William & Mary in 1998, Phil coached the Hampton Roads Ice Pirates, which was comprised of students from several local colleges and proved to be the genesis of the ODU program, along with BRHC co-founder and eventual CNU coach Tom Quigley. He also coached in the Leominster Youth Hockey Association in Massachusetts for 20 years and organized learn-to-skate programs for young skaters. With Phil at the helm, the team saw it’s first Academic All-Americans, and it had for the first time, players named to the All-Conference team. It placed third in the Leatherneck Tournament at the Naval Academy in 1998, second at the Mary Washington Invitational tournament in 2003 and won the Dan Cup Tournament in Greensboro in 2001. Phil retired from coaching at the end of the 2006-2007 Tribe Hockey season. Click HERE to read Senate Joint Resolution 488, which the General Assembly of Virginia passed in 2007,  congratulating Phil on his service to William & Mary.

The Tribe Hockey booster club honored the commitment Phil and Jenny Morris made to the team by placing a brick in the Elizabeth J. and Thomas C. Clarke ’22 Plaza of the Alumni House.

The Phillip E. Morris Memorial Cup is awarded to the winner of the annual alumni game over Homecoming weekend.