Phil Shoemaker


Phil Shoemaker became involved in coaching volleyball in his hometown, Independence, Missouri, at the Blue Valley Activity Center (BVAC) while still a student at the University of Missouri. After graduating, he became the BVAC Director and under his leadership, BVAC teams flourished at the local and national levels, including numerous top four AAU/USVBA finishes, and one USVBA national championship (1980). For his efforts, Phil was awarded the USVBA Harry E. Wilson Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Lead in Volleyball Award.

He moved on to become the assistant coach at his alma mater with Tiger Head Coach Mike English. After three formative and successful seasons at Mizzou (1980-82), he was hired by Wichita State University to revive its dormant volleyball program. His seventeen seasons (1983-99) included numerous firsts on the court and in the classroom for the Shockers, including Coach of the Year, the AVCA Victory Club award, six conference championship tournament appearances, and four AVCA Team Academic Awards.

In 2000, Phil moved north to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and coached the Nanooks for thirteen seasons (2000-12), earning two conference runner-up finishes, the AVCA Victory Club award, and four AVCA Team Academic Awards.  

Moving back to the mainland in 2013, Phil coached Barton Community College for three seasons (2013-15), earning three NJCAA regional tournament trips and two Team Academic Awards. 

Throughout his career, he has been continuously active with the AVCA and the NCAA, serving on numerous committees. Phil has been a coach and speaker at hundreds of camps and clinics and has been a USAV CAP Cadre member since 2006.

Retiring from collegiate coaching after 36 seasons, Phil is a Certified Fitness Trainer, and lives in Mission, Kansas.