On the gridiron he was also a standout. During his sophomore year, Phil was the starting halfback and was named co-captain of the JV team. He received the Joseph Milde award as the team’s MVP. He was a 2-year starter on the varsity and was named captain in his senior year. He led that team to the 1972 Brooklyn Championship. Phil was selected to the Daily News All Brooklyn team and was awarded the Robert Dznev Award as the team’s MVP. In addition, he was the recipient of the Adam J. Cirillo Scholarship and was named Tech’s athlete of the year.
After graduating Tech, Phil moved on to Lycoming College in Pennsylvania where he played 4 years of varsity football and was again named team captain in his senior year. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and returned to his roots in Brooklyn. Here he would return to Tech football as a proud board member and Trustee of the AJC Foundation. He was instrumental in making the scholarship award what it is today. Over the years Phil has continued in his role as “The Captain “ -organizing reunions for his team, promoting turnouts for various Tech football events and generally being the go to guy for all that is Tech football. Phil was and is the driving force behind the Tech Football Hall of Fame.
In Phil’s professional life he has been a successful business owner on Staten Island for over 40 years. He has been involved in leadership positions with numerous charities and foundations that give back to the community and he has received numerous awards and recognition from several of these organizations.
Phil’s special passion is his work in raising awareness for the treatment and care of special needs children and adults in a hospital environment. He has served on Northwell Hospital’s Special Needs Task Force and currently is a member of the Patient and Family Partnership Council at Northwell Hospital.
Phil has been married to his wife Diane for 45 years. Together they are the parents of 4 children- Melissa, PJ, Nicholas and Jaclyn and grandparents of Eliana and Michael.