Phil Dalhausser, aka “The Thin Beast”, was born in Baden, Switzerland. He attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, FL, but did not start playing volleyball until his senior year. Dalhausser went on to attend the University of Central Florida where he played club volleyball. During his time at UCF he was named MVP of the team and received the William G. Morgan award for most outstanding player.
Dalhausser made his AVP debut in 2003 at Ft. Lauderdale with Nick Lucena. Since his 2003 debut, Dalhausser has become one of the most decorated and successful players in beach volleyball history. In the AVP, Dalhausser has been awarded the Best Blocker in 2008 and 2009, Best Offensive Player from 2005-2009, Most Improved Player in 2006, Most Valuable Player from 2007-2009, and won Team of the Year with Todd Rogers from 2007-2009. He has earned 45 AVP Tour victories and currently sits 8th all-time in beach victories with 72.
In 2008, Dalhausser and Rogers won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Dalhausser was also named tournament MVP. The team came back for the 2012 London Olympics finishing 9th.