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Head Track & Field Coach
(Men and Women's)

Phil Thompson takes on the charge to direct the men and women′s track and field programs in 2015 as Coach Brian Yowler passes the baton to his three-year long assistant coach, Thompson, while Yowler himself remains the Golden Tornadoes Cross Country Head Coach.

“It′s been a great process learning under Coach Yowler. He has guided the program to what it is today and instilled in the athletes to be competitive and walk with God as well” said Thompson. “I want to win and want the athletes to strive to be better people out in the community and spiritually.”

Thompson′s simple but passionate vision has been built from a variety of experiences all starting locally at New Castle′s Shenango school district. It was there that Thompson started running cross country in 7th grade and over time set his sights on track and field. His track and field career took him to the state finals all four years in high school and has led him to be the most decorated distant runner in Robert Morris University history, including a first-place finish in the Mississippi half marathon.

Since competing for RMU, Thompson has been using his Elementary Education major as a teacher′s aide at Union Middle School while serving as the cross country coach at Shenango High School while also serving as a Geneva assistant coach for the past three years.

Coach Thompson can be contacted by email at or by phone at 724-847-6761

Assistant Track & Field Coach
(Distance events)

After finishing up his last season as the Track and Field Head Coach, Brian Yowler has stepped down into a supporting role for Head Track and Field Coach, Phil Thompson. Yowler expanded his passion for long distance running in 2009 when he was hired as the track and field head coach in addition to his role as the head coach for the men and women′s cross country programs along with his duties as a professor at Geneva.

“I had a lot of fun interacting these past five years with diverse events within the track and field arena. Thompson will be able to take this program even further with his experience in sprint events while I support him and the program with my passion for distance running.” Yowler is still very active in his own racing life as he continues to push himself through over a dozen marathons a counting.

Yowler graduated from IUP in 1994 before heading to the Penn State University College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State in 2002. He continues to work as a professor in Geneva′s Biology department.