Phil had the advantage of being around professional football at an early age. Starting as a teenager, he was a coaches’ assistant for Arena Football League’s Detroit Fury. Shortly after, having the same role with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League during a Grey Cup-winning season in 2004.
Working his way up the ladder from making copies and game day ball boy to earning his way into meetings and war rooms, and eventually, a part of future coaching staffs.
Taking time to pursue his education, Phil graduated from Central Michigan University.
Circling back to football, he coached on Oakland University’s coaching staff from 2015 to 2017 as Wide Receivers/Tight Ends Coach and Passing Game Coordinator. Under Head Coach Tom Menas, together they boasted a 23-1 record over two seasons and won an NCFA National Championship in the process.
Last season, Phil was the Assistant to the Director of Player Personnel for the National Arena League’s Champion, Albany Empire. He worked alongside Director of Player Personnel, Dave Mogenson, and Head Coach, Tom Menas in assisting with scouting and player personnel in a NAL Championship winning season.
Returning this season, he’s looking for the same goal in mind—to bring a championship team back to the capital region.
Phil enjoys spending his off-season living in St. Clair Shores, Michigan with his wife, Talia, and their daughter, Lilianna