WAYNE – Following a Friday night victory for the Northern State men’s basketball team, Saul Phillips followed the team bus from Sioux Falls, SD to northeast Nebraska to close out a weekend road trip. Coach Phillips came across a stranded couple and fought through what the weather presented ending in a heart-warming story that will be remembered by all.
According to a social media post from his wife, Nicole, (blog), Saul was supposed to be on the team bus. In the post, Phillips decided last minute to drive his own car for the weekend road trip from Aberdeen, South Dakota to Sioux Falls, SD and then Wayne, NE this past Saturday.
A blizzard made its way through the midwest over the weekend causing coach Phillips to fall behind the team bus as he “inched along with zero visibility.”
Nearing Wakefield, coach Phillips noticed a car with lights on in the ditch where he decided to stop and came across an expecting mother, a young man and the mother of the woman in labor were stuck in the snow. Phillips then called 9-1-1 and emergency dispatch made their way out with a snow plow, an ambulance and a police car. The group made it safely to Wakefield Volunteer Fire and Rescue where a baby girl was born over the weekend.
Coach Phillips was a graduate assistant coach under men’s basketball head coach, then Greg McDermott at Wayne State College.