Phil was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He is a 1983 graduate from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He worked as a nursing home administrator for thirty-two years. Phil played baseball for two years under Coach Dom Roselli while at YSU, and two years in Miami, Florida, at Miami Dade Community College, and St. Thomas University. Phil was a player/manager in the Youngstown AA Baseball League, winning nine Championships in twelve years. Phil was inducted into the Youngstown Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.
Phil lives in Boardman, Ohio, with his wife of thirty-two years, Mia Panno, and his children, Phillipp Jerome, twenty-one, a student at EGCC, and Angelina Rose, eighteen, a senior in high school.