19 March 2021

Development coach of the year

Our congratulations to Phil Muller, Head Coach of the 2ninerskiff generation who was named US Development coach of the year!

Philip Muller (Fort Pierce, FL) receives Developmental Coach of the Year Award in the USA. 

Some of you will know Phil Muller as the head coach for the 2NinerSkiff Generation. Last week Phil recieved the Development Coach of the Year award and saw all his hard work pay off. Congratulations from the International Class. 

The following article appeared in Scuttlebutt and was written by US Sailing. 

It is easy to recognize Phil’s recent career. His focus and determination is undeniable. He is the ultimate student of sport who learns everyday more than he teaches.

Phil is a coach who is clear and concise on the goals of the program with his athletes – there is no question about the culture he is driving. He is determined to be the best he can be, and pushes his athletes to do the same.

His ability to adapt to personalities and mood are impressive. The number and skill level of athletes that he serves is extreme, yet he problem solves individually with each athlete through personal focus and connection.

Phil’s centerpiece of work over the last several years has been on creating and running the highly successful 2NINER team, which focuses on 29er coaching, ranging from graduating Opti sailors to World Championship medalists. This Miami based group has been a nucleus of opportunity for sailing talent, and has been the pathway for many top young athletes transitioning into our ODP classes.

Phil coached athletes to one gold and two silver medals at the World Championships, and played an integral part of the U.S. Youth Worlds Team winning the Nation’s Trophy in 2018 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Phil has also demonstrated a wide range of coaching including the Nacra 17, 49er, 49erFX, as well as the new IQFoil board and Foiling Kite classes.

Phil’s love and passion for our sport, dedication to learning, and excellence in human connection, are the cornerstones of why he won this award.