Phillinoisip "Phillip" Gyau (born February 7, 1966) is a former U.S. soccer forward who is the current head coach of the Howard Bison men's soccer program. He spent his outdoor career in the American Soccer League and the American Professional Soccer League, his indoor career with the Washington Warthogs and Baltimore Blast, and spent nine years with the U.S. National Beach Soccer team. He earned six caps with the U.S. national team. In 2014, he became the head coach for Howard University's soccer team. Gyau is also the father of U.S. international Joe Gyau.
|Full name||Phillinoisip Gyau|
|Date of birth||February 7, 1966|
|Place of birth||Silver Spring, Maryland, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|1992||Tampa Bay Rowdies||16||(7)|
|1993||Los Angeles Salsa||17||(1)|
|1994–1995||Baltimore Blast (indoor)||1||(0)|
|1995||Washington Warthogs (indoor)||28||(8)|
|1998–2002||U.S. National Beach Soccer Team|
|2006–2009||St. John's Cadets|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Youth and college
The son of Joseph "Nana" Gyau, a member of the Ghana national football team, Gyau was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and grew up in Maryland after his father signed with the Washington Darts of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Gyau attended Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, Maryland from 1978 to 1982. After graduating from high school, he attended Howard University where he played on the men's soccer team from 1982 to 1985. In 1985, he played for Club España of Washington, D.C. when it won the National Amateur Cup.
In the spring of 1990, the ASL merged with the Western Soccer League to create the American Professional Soccer League (APSL). In 1990, Gyau was a first team All Star and the APSL MVP while scoring twelve goals with the Bays. The Bays folded at the end of the 1991 season and Gyau moved to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. While he scored seven goals in sixteen games with the Rowdies in 1992, he moved to the Colorado Foxes for the 1993 season. However, he moved from Colorado to the Los Angeles Salsa after eight games. That year, the Foxes and the Salsa met in the APSL title game. Gyau scored the first goal of the game, but the Foxes tied it late and won in overtime. In 1994, Gyau was with the Montreal Impact.
In 1995, Gyau moved back to Washington, D.C., to sign with the Baltimore Blast of the MISL. He played only one game, then moved to the Washington Warthogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). He spent at least two seasons with the Warthogs.
Gyau earned his first cap with the U.S. national team in a June 4, 1989 win over Peru. He played a handful of games through the rest of 1989, then two games in 1990. His last game with the national team came in an October 19, 1991 loss to North Korea.
Gyau began playing beach soccer beginning in 1997 including nine years as the captain of the U.S. National Beach Soccer Team.
In 1998, Gyau became the head coach of the National Beach Soccer Team, a position he held until 2002. In 2003, he became the head coach of The Bullis School's girls' soccer team. In his three years as coach, he took the team to a 26–28–2 record. He has also coached various youth teams, including the Bethesda Fury, with which he won three state and one regional championship; the Bethesda Eclipse, winner of four state and one regional championship. He is on staff with the D.C. United as its U-13 Boys' head coach. He is also the founder and director of Next Level Development, a soccer development program. He is the St. Johns College High School varsity coach in Washington, D.C. He also coached other teams, one of them being the Olney Pumas U-16 team in the NCSL league. Since that time he has been coaching MSC Revolution, a rising U-17 boys' soccer team which he was one both NCSL Division 1 with, as well as the Bethesda Tournament, helping to rank the team 3rd in the state of Maryland.