Coach Phil

Biography

Phil is an 8th grade Civics teacher at Franklin Middle School in Fairfax County, the Head Coach of the Williamsburg Middle School swim team, and has been the Head Coach of the Donaldson Run swim team for the past three years, leading the team to a Division Championship in 2014.  He was the Head Coach of Robinson Secondary School's Swim and Dive team from 2010-2015 and led the team to back-to-back state championships in the VHSL. He graduated from Radford University (May 2010) and earned a degree in History as well as a teaching license in secondary social studies education.

Coach Phil grew up swimming for his local summer swim team in the Colonial League, swam club with the Mason Makos, and was a member of the Chantilly Swim and Dive team all four years of high school (Captain Junior and Senior years).

Phil has had many different coaching experiences over the years at many different levels. He was the Head Coach of the Armfield Farm Stingrays from 2006-2012 where they won two Division Championships over his tenure. Phil has also run several different Developmental swim programs in the Northern VA area over the years, coached with the Herndon Commanders club team, and has high school coaching experience at Chantilly HS, Oakton HS, and again, Robinson SS. 

Phil also served in the Marine Corps and uses many of the techniques he learned during those experiences to help motivate his students and athletes. His experiences as a Marine, teacher, and coach of many different sports have molded his very unique coaching style that emphasizes developmental swimming.

“I truly believe that the best way to help each of my swimmers improve is to work with them individually on ‘goal setting.’ Once a kid has set goals that they want to achieve, I will do whatever I can to help them achieve those goals. I use many different strategies such as technical drills, conditioning exercises, video analysis, motivation techniques, and competitive strategies to help them improve in their targeted areas. With that said, the most important and successful way to help an athlete improve is by developing and encouraging camaraderie and by providing pure motivation.”