Ryan Phillis joins UVA football conditioning staff
UVA football’s director football development and performance Shawn Griswold has added Ryan Phillis to his staff. Phillis joins the Cavaliers’ strength and conditioning program as an assistant coach after spending two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi State.
“Ryan comes to us from Mississippi State after spending a few years there,” said Griswold. “He is familiar with the ACC and was also a three-year letterwinner at Indiana. As a defensive lineman in college, we will put him in a capacity here to work with our big guys. Adding a fifth strength coach to human performance is huge for us. I am so grateful to our athletics director, Carla Williams, for giving us the funding to build the foundation of this program. I would also like to thank coach Bronco Mendenhall for his vision for human performance, now elevating Virginia to five full-time strength coaches, which every Power 5 program is now providing. This addition gives us a competitive advantage so we can make great gains in what we do here.”
During his time at Mississippi State, Phillis was part of a staff that helped the Bulldog football program win the Taxslayer Bowl over Louisville in 2017 and the St. Petersburg Bowl over Miami (Ohio) in 2016.
Prior to MSU, Phillis coached and played football (defensive end) at Indiana. A native of Boardman, Ohio, Phillis started the final 28 games of his career, including every contest as a junior and senior. As a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Phillis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications with an emphasis in exercise science in December of 2014.
After graduation Phillis took on his internship and part time duties with Indiana football and its strength and conditioning program led by at that time by Mark Hill. After finishing his internship and part-time work, Phillis became one of the five assistant strength coaches for Indiana’s football program, helping lead the Hoosiers to the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.