Youngstown State named Cincinnati running backs coach Doug Phillips as its head coach on Friday.

He replaces Bo Pelini, who left FCS-level Youngstown State after five seasons to become defensive coordinator at LSU. Like Pelini, the 51-year-old Phillips is a Youngstown native.

Phillips began his coaching career at Youngstown State in 1991 as a graduate assistant, learning under Jim Tressel. He moved on to the high school football coaching ranks from 1997 to 2005, then rejoined Tressel at Ohio State as defensive quality-control coach for a season in 2006. Tressel now is the president at Youngstown State.

He was the defensive ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Bowling Green from 2007-08 before going to work as a high school administrator until 2015. He returned to college football in 2016 as director of player personnel at Iowa, then moved on to Cincinnati in 2017.

Working under Tressel, Phillips coached in three national championship games: 2006 with the Buckeyes and in 1991 and '92 at Youngstown State.

The Penguins were the FCS national champions in 1991 and since have won three more titles.

--Field Level Media

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