Philip Peter Dalhausser was born in Baden, Aargau, Switzerland on January 26, 1980. He moved to the U.S. at a young age where he attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. Phil later went on to graduate with a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida where he played on the club volleyball team.
Phil started playing beach volleyball in 2005 and enjoyed a break-out year in 2006 when he partnered with Todd Rodgers, an 11 years veteran of professional beach volleyball. Since teaming up, the duo has become one of the best beach volleyball teams of all time. For a complete list of accomplishments visit Phil’s Career Highlights Page.
In the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Phil and Todd won the gold medal match two sets to one against Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz Magalhaes of Brazil. Dalhausser made nine blocks in the championship match, with five coming in the deciding third set, putting the U.S. up to a 9-1 lead and eventually winning it 15-4. Dalhausser was named tournament MVP. Phil’s nickname on the tour was the “Thin Beast” and later became “Beijing Beast” after his performance in China.
Phil lists his dad as the person he most admires because he has endured “many serious illnesses”. He also credits partner Todd Rogers (who was an assistant volleyball coach at UC Santa Barbara) with making him a better player. Phil’s hobbies include XBox, fantasy sports, tennis, and volley pong. He says if he weren’t playing volleyball he would be, “sitting behind a computer crunching numbers”. Phil is married to beach volleyball player Jennifer Corral.