The Hockey Club would like to thank Phil for his years of hard work and dedication to our club, and wish him the happiest of retirements! For 15 years Phil has been an unwavering presence on the Bournbrook water base, initially as head coach of the Ladies 1st team before also taking on responsibility for the Men’s side of the club three years ago. Phil fostered such a lovely environment that challenged players to grow and allowed amazing friendships to be built. The culture he created is undoubtedly the reason past players leave university with so many fond memories in a UOBHC shirt.
Here are a few highlights of Phil’s time at Birmingham:
Congratulations on an outstanding career, the UOBHC family will miss you enormously.
Happy retirement ❤️💛💙
“One of the kindest, most inspiring coaches I’ve ever had. Its no wonder Birmingham University students put their bodies on the line for him week in week out. It’s testament to Phil’s tactical understanding that the University have achieved so much under him and his individual player coaching and management that so many of the players he has coached have gone on to achieve great things.” – Lily Owsley (Olympic Gold Medalist)
“Phil has been the backbone of UOBHC for the past 15 years and it will be very difficult to for someone to fill his boots! His desire to win and passion as a coach, as well as a genuine fatherly nature, is something I have been extremely grateful for during my time at Birmingham. It is not surprising how successful Phil has been during his time at UOBHC and I have no doubt that the legacy he has instilled will remain for years to come!” – Lauren Hunt (Women’s 1st team Captain 2019-2021)
“What is so impressive about Phil is not only the longevity and calibre of his successes, but the enthusiasm, knowledge and good heartedness that accompanies them. The club will miss him hugely and wish him a long and happy retirement” – Mathew Simonds (Men’s 1st team Captain and Club President 2020-21)
Olympic Gold Medalists
GB Senior Women
Scotland Senior Women
Wales Senior Women
Wales Senior Men
England U21 Women/GB Development
England U21 Men/GB Development
Wales U21 Men