Now in his second stint as an assistant coach for the Salukis, Phil Meyer begins his 11th season on the staff at SIU. The Milwaukee, Wis. native has 33 years of coaching experience, including a five-year run as SIU's offensive coordinator from 1989-93.
Upon returning to Southern in 2009, Meyer's offensive line was a driving force behind a unit that averaged 30 points per game in both 2009 and 2010. SIU ranked seventh nationally with 34 points per game in 2009 and his unit powered a Saluki rushing attack that averaged 221.1 yards per game, fifth most in the FCS. In his first season as the offensive line coach, Southern Illinois allowed just 14 sacks in 13 games, which were the second fewest in the conference.
In 2012 Saluki senior right guard Richard Wilson was named an All-MVFC honorable mention. In addition, Meyer mentored two All-Conference lineman. Center Bryan Boemer and left tackle David Pickard received All-MVFC recognition in 2009, 2010 and 2011, with Boemer winning the coveted Rimington Award in 2011. The award goes to the best center in FCS football. Pickard received third team All-America accolades from The Sports Network (TSN) following the 2009 season and was a two-time Academic All-American.
Previously, Meyer coached at Minnesota (OL, 2007-08), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (head coach, 2000-06), Iowa State (QBs, 1998-99; TE, 1995-97), Illinois State (OC, 1994), Western Illinois (OL, 1994), Northern Arizona (OL, 1988) and Southeast Missouri State (OC, 1986-87; OL, 1984-85). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois (1982-83).
As head coach at Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Meyer led the Division III program to 31 wins in seven seasons, including a 16-4 mark in non-conference games.
Meyer earned a bachelor's degree (1979) and master's (1980) from Illinois State. He coached at his alma mater as a student assistant (1978) and graduate assistant (1979-80). Meyer attended Milwaukee Pius XI High School, where he was a starter on the Popes' 1972 WISAA state championship team. He played one season at UW-Milwaukee and three at Illinois State. He has two daughters, Miranda and Madison.