Phillip 'Flip' Saunders (born February 23, 1955) is a former American basketball head coach. He previously coached the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Saunders was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an All-American basketball player at Cuyahoga Heights High School in suburban Cleveland. In his senior season, 1973, he was named Ohio's Class A High School Basketball Player of the Year, leading the state in scoring average with 32.0 points per game. At the University of Minnesota, he started 101 of his 103 career contests and as a senior, teamed with Ray Williams, Mychal Thompson, Kevin McHale. Together they led the Gophers to a school-best 243 record. Saunders began his coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College where he compiled a 9213 record, including a perfect 560 mark at home, in four seasons. In 1981, he became an assistant coach at his alma mater, Minnesota, and helped guide the Golden Gophers to the Big Ten championship that season.
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