Phil Pisano
Phil Pisano
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 814-898-6235

Phil Pisano begins his 16th year as the head coach of the women's volleyball team and ninth season with the men's volleyball squad. Since Pisano’s arrival, the women have a 298-171 overall record with a stellar 110-26 mark in the AMCC. During that time, 12 career or single-season records have been set as the blue and white have earned 58 selections to the all-conference team and 72 academic all-conference honors. Pisano has also been named AMCC Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2017.

Last season, Pisano led Behrend to their fourth AMCC Championship and third overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Lions complied a 19-12 record with a 6-3 mark in the conference. He claimed his fifth Coach of the Year honors, while mentoring three All-Conference players. 

In 2010, Behrend earned its fourth ECAC bid in five years and ended with a 19-12 overall record and 7-2 mark in the AMCC. In 2009, the Lions finished runners-up in the AMCC Tournament and posted their fourth 20 win season in the past six years, finishing with a 22-11 mark. His 2008 squad went 25-9 and captured the program’s first ever ECAC championship, defeating Cabrini in the finals in Baltimore, Maryland to take the ECAC South Championship. The team also won the AMCC regular season title and finished the season with wins in ten of its final 11 matches.

In 2007, the blue and white finished with an 18-12 overall record and advanced to the AMCC semifinals.  The team captured a share of the AMCC regular season title with an 8-1 conference record. 

His 2006 squad set a school record for wins, and captured a second straight AMCC regular season title with an overall mark of 29-4.  The blue and white earned an ECAC bid and reached the tournament championship match, along the way earning the first postseason wins ever for the program.

In 2005, the blue and white captured the AMCC Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first-time ever. Behrend finished with a record of 26-8, including an impressive 9-0 mark in AMCC competition.

In 2003, Pisano served as an assistant coach with the Behrend Lions. In addition, he coached at Slippery Rock as an assistant to the women's volleyball coach from 1998-2003. He was also the coach and president of the SRU men's volleyball club team for three years while earning his undergraduate degree in marketing from the Rock.

Pisano currently serves on the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Volleyball Regional Advisory Committee and the AVCA Division III Head Coaches Committee.  He continues to participate in a variety of volleyball camps and clinics throughout the year.

Pisano completed his MBA from Behrend in 2005. In addition to his coaching duties, he serves as a lecturer in the health and physical education department.