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Inside the Headset: Phil Tran [PODCAST]

This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Archbishop Spalding High School assistant football coach, Phil Tran. Coach Tran highlights his experience as an AFCA member, discusses the importance of expanding your personal skillset, and shares the value of coaching multiple sports at the high school level.

Phil Tran is an Assistant Coach for the Varsity Football and Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey teams at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, MD.  Most recently, prior to Archbishop Spalding, Tran was the Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Football Coach at Calvert Hall College High School from 2018-2019 and at the Gilman School in 2017.

Tran was the 2019 NHSSCA Maryland Coach of the Year and a 2021 NSCA National High School Strength Coach of the Year nominee. Coach Tran played college football at Baylor University, where he lettered, earned 1st Team Academic All-Big XII honors, and won a post graduate scholarship.


  • [0:29] Start of interview
  • [1:00] From Juris Doctorate to the gridiron
  • [7:07] AFCA value on a personal level
  • [13:50] Continuing to grow as a coach
  • [15:15] Importance of contributing to the profession
  • [19:37] AFCA as a mentor
  • [21:10] Coaching multiple sports to expand your skillset
  • [32:55] Enthusiasm combined with a willingness to learn

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