Phil Kuchta is entering his first season as an assistant men's basketball coach with Baldwin Wallace University. Kuchta has spent the last seven years as the Head Coach of the boy's program at Elyria Catholic High school. During his time there Kuchta nearly won 100 games after going 4-18 his first year, and finishing his tenure with five straight seasons of 12 wins or more and four consecutive. In 2015 the Panthers won a conference championship in the West Shore for the first time in 12 years and then won another conference title two years later in the Great Lakes Conference. Elyria Catholic also appeared in the districts four times.
In Kuchta's tenure at Elyria Catholic, he coached the school's first 1,000 point scorer in 25 years, his son Jake Kuchta. Two years later he coached the school's all-time leading scorer in Dorian Crutcher, who broke a 50 year old scoring mark.
In 2015, Kuchta was the Lorain County Dlll Coach of the Year and Northeast Lakes District Coach of the Year. In 2017 Kuchta was once again Lorain County Dlll Coach of the Year and Great Lakes Conference Coach of the Year along with a Dlll Ohio Coach of the Year nomination.
During his offseason, Kuchta spent time working prestigious camps throughout the Northeast such as HoopGroup Academic Elite, HoopGroup Elite, Yale Elite, Columbia Elite, and the Kyrie Irving ProCamp.
Kuchta currently teaches Health, Physical Education, and Computer Science Principles after graduating from Cleveland State University. Kuchta recently completed the "Sports Industry Essentials" Program from Columbia University's Graduate School of Professional Studies. Kuchta is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and received an Honorable Discharge after serving six years active duty.
Phil Kuchta and his wife Lisa, reside in Elyra with their two children, Jake and Jordyn.