Phil Dalhausser

Phil Dalhausser

United States

A calm, cool and collected personality off the court, Phil Dalhausser morphs into a hyper-competitive and dominant player on it. Nicknamed “the Thin Beast,” Phil ushered in a new era for beach volleyball athletes. At 6’9″, he possessed the height of an intimidating blocker. But he also demonstrated that a big man could be every bit as agile and athletic as a typically shorter defender. For years, he and partner Todd Rogers ran roughshod over the FIVB tour, culminating in 23 titles and a 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing. He split with Todd after the 2012 London Games and picked up Sean Rosenthal, switching to the right side in the process. While the pair had much success, including a pair of ASICS World Series of Volleyball titles, they split in 2015 after experiencing inconsistency late in the Rio quad. Phil then nabbed his original partner from his pre-Todd days, Nick Lucena, and began Olympic qualification anew. The Floridians wasted no time in rekindling their chemistry and are now positioned as America’s top team heading into Rio.

Height: 6′ 9″
Hometown: Ormond Beach, Fla.
Birth Date: January 26, 1980
College: University of Central Florida
FIVB Titles: 33
Current Partner: Nick Lucena


Most Outstanding Player - 2010, 2013, 2014
Best Setter - 2009-2012, 2014-2015
Best Blocker - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
Olympic Gold Medalist - 2008