Phil Horton is currently the pit crew coach for the Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development program presented by Sprint, as well as the strength and conditioning coach for Rev Racing. Horton got his start in NASCAR as a personal trainer for former driver Ernie Irvin. Horton’s clientele soon broadened to include pit crew athletes, as well as eight other NASCAR drivers and 12 race teams over the span of seven years.
Over the years, Horton has developed his own coaching philosophy for the pit crew athletes who service the race cars and has enjoyed tremendous success as a pit crew coach and athletic trainer in the industry.
Horton, an accomplished high school athlete, graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1983 with a degree in Health and Physical Education/Sports Medicine and continued academic studies in the graduate program at Michigan State University. During his time at Michigan State, he was also employed as a Grad Assistant Football Athletic Trainer. In 1985, Horton was hired at Florida A&M University as its first certified Head Athletic Trainer.
In 1990, Horton continued his career as the Head Football Athletic Trainer at Memphis State University, today known as University of Memphis. With a growing desire to pursue a career in professional athletics, he left Memphis to become the Assistant Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach with the NBA Milwaukee Bucks from 1991 to 1996.
Shortly after leaving the Bucks, Horton returned to North Carolina and his private athletic training practice and began his work in NASCAR.