Dan Phillips enters his first year as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina. Phillips returns to South Carolina, where he was a three-time All-American in the early 1990's
"We believe Dan will set a great example and his experience at a national level will help our kids as they work to achieve their goals," said USC Swimming Head Coach Don Gibb. "Dan went on to swimming greatness after competing here at South Carolina. I am excited about the insight he brings to our program and look forward to having him help us climb the ladder in the SEC and at the NCAA Championship."
Phillips was a three-time All-American at South Carolina from 1993-1995, in three different events. Phillips earned All-American status in 1993 and 1995 for 200 freestyle, 1994 for 400 medley relay and 1995 for 100 freestyle. In 1993, Phillips was a World University Games gold medallist in the 800 meter freestyle relay. Phillips also was named an NCAA Academic All-American from 1992-95 and to the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 1993-95.
"It's a dream come true to be back and coach at my alma mater," said Coach Phillips. "I'm looking forward to helping develop USC into a national power. The program is on its way up and it's exciting to be back at South Carolina."
From 1997-2000, Phillips was a member of the USA Swimming National Resident Team. Phillips, captain of the U.S. team, was a 1999 Pan American Games gold medallist in the 800 meter freestyle relay and silver medallist in the 400 meter freestyle relay. Phillips also was a silver medallist at the 1998 Goodwill Games
Phillips also served as an assistant coach for Carter Center Aquatics in Roanoke, Va. from 1996-97 and was the Olympic Park Swim Team Coach in the summer of 1997. He also was the head club coach for the Omaha Aquatic Club in Omaha, Neb.
Phillips, 28, enjoys playing golf and refinishing furniture in his spare time. Phillips graduated from South Carolina in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Phillips is the son of Don and Eunice Phillips and he has one brother, Tim. Phillips currently resides in Columbia.