Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas announced 2008 Olympian, Joel Phillip, as University of the District of Columbia Head Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Coach effective October 17th, 2016.
"Joel's coaching experiences, enthusiasm and work ethic are impressive," Thomas said, "The fact that he successfully competed at the highest level is icing on the cake. He understands the student-athlete experience and will provide effective leadership. I am extremely pleased to have Joel join the Firebird family."
Phillip has had a highly-decorated career in the sport of track & field that includes representing Grenada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. There, he finished 39th in the qualifying round of the 400 meter dash with a time of 46.30 seconds. That same year, he competed as a student-athlete for Arizona State University at the NCAA Indoor Track National Championships, where he finished 2nd overall in the 400M dash, completing the race in 46.27 seconds. He was also part of the 4x400M Relay Team that finished 3rd with a time of 3:06.34.
Before he attended ASU, he competed at the Junior College level for Central Arizona College. There, he was a two-time All-American, won the 2007 NJCAA Outdoor National Championship in the Decathlon event, and led the 2006 Central Arizona team to the 2006 Outdoor National Championship. Also in 2006, Phillip earned a national title in the 4x400M Relay event.
Phillip most recently served as Head Coach of the Lehman College Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field program for the past year. At Lehman, he oversaw the program's daily operations, supervised and advised his coaching staff, designed and implemented training for sprinters, mid-distance runners, hurdlers and relay runners, recruited and handled several administrative responsibilities.
Prior to Lehman, Phillip had assistant coaching stints at Lindenwood University and Columbia University. While earning a Master of Art degree in Sport Management from Lindenwood, he assisted in coaching all six of the first All-Americans in the program's history. At Columbia, he helped lead the team to the school's first ever Women's Ivy League Team Championship in 2012.
Phillip earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Exercise and Wellness, Recreation Management at Arizona State in 2009. During his collegiate career, he served as team captain at Central Arizona in 2007 and at ASU from 2008-2010. He also served on the Track & Field Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at ASU from 2009-2010.