2005 NCAA Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year
2004 NCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Philip Ogletree begins his 12th season as an assistant coach with the LSU gymnastics program, and he has been an integral reason for the Tigers’ sustained success during his time at LSU.
Working primarily with the Tigers on uneven bars, Ogletree has guided LSU to 12 of the top 13 bars scores in school history, including a school-record 49.650 in 2002. In fact, under Ogletree’s guidance the Tigers posted two of the top 10 scores in school history on bars in 2009 as LSU scored a 49.500 against UNC/Illinois-Chicago and a 49.450 versus North Carolina State.
In 2010, Ogletree’s bars lineup posted a 49.300 at the NCAA Championships, which was the second-highest team total in the prelims.
Ogletree coached LSU to a top 10 team ranking on bars for seven straight seasons from 2004-10, including a No. 3 ranking in 2005 and a No. 4 ranking in 2009.
Individually, Ogletree’s athletes have flourished under his watch, earning 15 All-America honors on the bars, including a school record three athletes in 2010 (Summer Hubbard, Susan Jackson and Samantha Engle) and 2005 (April Burkholder, Annie Gagnon and Lisa Rennie).
Under Ogletree’s guidance, Hubbard became the first LSU gymnast to earn three-straight First-Team All-America honors on bars, and she became LSU’s first national runner up on bars with a second-place 9.9250 score at the NCAA Individual Event Finals in 2010. Not only did Hubbard earn a runner up spot, but Jackson finished fourth – giving LSU two of the top five gymnasts on bars in 2010.
In addition, Ogletree coached Sharene Mamby to a rare 10.0 on bars during the 2001 season. The performance marked just the second perfect score on the event in school history.
For his efforts, Ogletree has been recognized by his peers on several occasions as he was named the NCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2004 and then shared that same honor a year later with fellow assistant Bob Moore.
Not only has Ogletree provided outstanding coaching on bars, but he also serves as recruiting coordinator for LSU and has helped the Tigers maintain their status as one of the elite programs in the nation that includes nine NCAA Championships appearances in the last 10 seasons, two Super Sixes in the last four seasons and seven individual national titles since 2002.
Ogletree came to LSU after spending the previous season at the Georgia Gymnastics Academy. He arrived at LSU with 18 years of coaching experience, including 11 with Level 10 gymnasts in Georgia.
While his stop at LSU was his first collegiate stop, he was no stranger to LSU Athletics. During his time at the Atlanta School of Gymnastics, he tutored future LSU greats Abbey Burns and Kim and Kerry Descalopoulis, all natives of Georgia.
In his time as an athlete, Ogletree was a gymnast at the University of Georgia from 1980-82. He later graduated from Georgia State with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1992.
Ogletree is married to the former Jill Hickok. The couple has two children, Bridgette, 17, and Jake, 15.
College Coaching Experience
2001 – Present – Assistant Coach, LSU