WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Baseball Head Coach Pete Wilk has announced the addition of Phil Disher to the coaching staff. Disher, who was previously a member of the staff for the 2013-15 seasons, will serve as GU’s volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming 2018 season.
“I'm excited to bring Phil back to our coaching staff,” Wilk said. “He is not only an outstanding coach and teacher, but he's fun to be around and keeps it light. I think our staff can match up against any in the country with four guys who all have had professional experience and success and who are also outstanding teachers and coaches. Our student-athletes are in great hands.”
Disher returns to Georgetown after spending the past two seasons at the University of South Carolina Aiken, where he served as both the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. In his time at USC Aiken, the Pacers registered back-to-back 40-win seasons, while Disher’s offense batted .321 in 2016 and .316 in 2017, combing for 153 home runs. USC Aiken reached the Division II NCAA Southeast Region tournament in each of his two seasons, and ascended to the national No. 1 ranking during the 2017 season. Disher helped Zach Moon to All-America First Team honors in 2016.
In his first stint on the Hilltop, Disher served as the hitting coach for the Hoyas for three seasons, 2013-15, where he also worked with the catchers. Under Disher's tutelage, the Hoyas improved from a .255 team batting average his first season to a .261 average in 2014 and a .279 mark in 2015. Over his three seasons, GU totaled 306 extra base hits, including 123 in 2015. The Hoya offense ranked third in the BIG EAST in 2015 in batting average as Georgetown qualified for the BIG EAST Championships for the first time in 29 years. Junior catcher Nick Collins, who is currently on staff as a student-assistant coach, was named Georgetown's first ever BIG EAST Player of the Year.
Prior to his first arrival at Georgetown, Disher began his coaching career an assistant at Wofford College, where he worked with the hitters and catchers for two seasons.
Disher was selected twice in the Major League Baseball Draft, first by the San Francisco Giants in the 45th round (2007) and then in the 15th round of the 2008 draft by the Houston Astros. During his first year of pro ball he was named the MVP of the New York-Penn League while with the Tri-City Valley Cats in Troy, N.Y. He finished playing professionally with the Houston Astros organization when he was forced to retire due to an injury.
A native of South Carolina, Disher graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 with a degree in exercise science and a minor in coaching. During his four year career at USC, he was named All-Southeastern Conference during his junior and senior seasons (2006, 2007) and was a third team All-American selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as a senior.
While his teams made several postseason appearances, he was named to two NCAA All-Regional teams as well as two All-SEC tournament teams while being named the MVP of the 2007 Virginia Regional.
Disher served as head coach of the Forest City Owls in the Coastal Plains Collegiate Summer League this past summer. The Owls were the first half division champions and Disher was elected as the head coach of the all-star team.
“I’m unbelievably excited and grateful that Coach Wilk gave me the opportunity to come back to the Hilltop,” Disher said. “My family and I cherish the memories we had as a part of the Georgetown family before and to have to chance to be a part of it again is amazing. I can’t wait to get to get started and meet all the new guys as well as see some of the familiar senior faces again.”