As an athlete, Phil earned All-American honors four times as division 1 collegiate shot putter at Penn State. His junior year he finished fourth at the NCAA Championships.  His senior year Phil was Indoor and Outdoor Conference Champion and finished second at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.  In 1992 he qualified and competed at the US Olympic Trials. Currently, he competes in the Masters Level competition and over the last three years he has ranked as high as number one in the county in his age group and number four in the world. In 2011, Phil broke the NC State Masters record in the shot put.  He ranks 6th among Americans and 37th overall on the All-Time World Masters list. As a coach for many years Phil has helped many athletes improve in their performance whether that be in track and field, weightlifting, soccer, etc.  Most notably Phil coached Holly Bedzany to a seventh place finish at Youth Nationals in weightlifting this past June. 

Phil Caraher graduated from New York University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in August, 2001. Phil worked in orthopedics and sports medicine in New York City.  Prior to starting at NYU, Phil earned his BS in Exercise Science and MS in Biomechanics from Penn State University.

Phil's research during his graduate work at the Penn State Center for Sports Medicine focused on strength and power development. He had the privilege of studying under the guidance of internationally recognized expert in muscle physiology, William Kraemer, PhD who was the Director of Penn State's Center for Sports Medicine and past president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and biomechanics pioneer Vladimir Zatsiorski, PhD who was director of the Central Institute for Physical Culture in Moscow before coming to Penn State. 

Phil's expertise is in eccentric training, plyometric training and strength and power development. Phil is a guest lecturer on strength and power development, the Olympic lifts and program design/periodization at the University of North Carolina in the Exercise Science Department Sports Performance Track.

Phil is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Strength and Condition Association (NSCA), US Weightlifting Association (USAW) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Phil is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA, a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the NASM and a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach. Phil has worked as assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach with the Penn State Track and Field Team and New York University’s Track and Field Team. At NYU he was the assistant coach and developed the strength and conditioning program for the field events.   


Phil currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife Deirdre and their son.

Doctor of Physical Therapy
New York University

Master of Science, Kinesiology
The Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science
The Pennsylvania State University

Licensed Physical Therapist
Certified in Intramuscular Manual Therapy
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
U.S. Weightlifting level 1 Certified Coach
National Academy of Sports Medicine:
        Performance Enhancement Specialist
       Corrective Exercise Specialist