My my My my

Phil McConnell
2021 Black Team/5th Grade


Coach Phil McConnell
2014 Head Coach
 2021 Black Team

Coaching Experience:  In the late 1990s and into the mid-2000s, Coach McConnell spent 12 of the 14 years working with various age groups (10-16) in the Cardinal AAU organization. 

Coach McConnell has been with the Matrix since 2009.  Under Coach McConnell's leadership the 2016 Black team won the first ever Super Regional tournament for the Matrix in 2009 and the team defended its SRT championship in 2010.  The team won the bronze medal at Districts in 2010 and the gold medal in 2011. 

He also has high school coaching experience, spending 9 seasons as a Program assistant, Head JV Coach and Varsity assistant under Kenny Farmer at Mt. Vernon High School during the period that Mt. Vernon dominated girls’ basketball in Virginia’s National District winning 120+ consecutive district games. 

More recently, Coach McConnell was the Head JV Coach at Forest Park High School in Prince William County.  As part of his duties, Coach McConnell worked closely with Chrissy Kelly and the girls’ varsity team that won two AAA Virginia State Championships. 


Coach McConnell also has served as a head coach for Arlington Travel Basketball for the past three years, and serves in a leadership capacity for that program.  Most recently, Coach McConnell was the Head JV Girls Basketball Coach at Bishop O'Connell HS in 2011-2012. 

Coaching Philosophy: Coach McConnell believes that hard work, mental & physical toughness, strong communication and individual skills are the foundation for successful players and teams.  Coach McConnell believes in being aggressive on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. 


Personal Background:  Coach McConnell was raised in Alexandria, VA.  Coach McConnell received both his Bachelor’s degree (Psychology) and Masters (Education) from George Mason University.  He was an early childhood special education teacher in Arlington County for 9 years and is currently in his first year teaching kindergarten at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, VA. 

Matrix Organization:  In addition to his coaching duties, Coach McConnell is also a member of the Club's Board of Directors.   

Coach McConnell may be reached at  

Last Updated: September 17, 2012.