Phil Yoshida is in his 15th season as an assistant coach for the Mustangs.
Yoshida was a standout swimmer at Cal Poly from 1999 through 2001 while earning his degree in biological sciences. He specialized in the breaststroke and individual medley.
During the two years he swam for the Mustangs, Yoshida had top team finishes in the 200 breaststroke, the 200 IM and the 400 IM.
Yoshida also placed in the top eight at the Big West Championships twice in the 200 breast and 400 IM. He also earned conference swimmer of the week honors during the 2000-01 season.
From 2001 to 2007, Yoshida worked in the fruit science department at Cal Poly, managing the citrus, avocado and deciduous orchards on campus. He oversaw 50 acres provided for research and development, and now enjoys growing fruit trees in his backyard as a hobby.
Since 2007, he has coached at the San Luis Obispo Swim Club. He coaches athletes of all ages and has led several to the national level while preparing them for collegiate success at various universities.
Yoshida previously also served as a coach for De Anza Cupertino Aquatics from 1997 to 2000.