Coaching Staff
Phillip Wood Head Coach

Phillip Wood became Head Coach of Birmingham Swim League in April of 2016.  Coach Wood began his coaching career working with local summer league teams while still a swimmer at Hoover Blue Thunder (HBT).  Since the start of his coaching career Coach Phillip has been privileged to work with and develop all levels of swimmers including numerous Southeastern Champions, Southeastern Top 8 finalists, US Top 10 Age Group swimmers, as well as Junior National, Senior National and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.

Coach Wood most recently coached at Panama City Swim Team (PCST) where he began as the team’s first Full Time Assistant Coach in 2012.  He was quickly promoted to the team’s Head Age Group Coach, and ultimately the team’s Associate Head Coach in 2014.

Upon arrival at PCST, Coach Wood was placed directly in charge of various groups including PCST Summer Lessons, the Summer Splashes Summer Team, and establishing the PCST Masters Team.  During his tenure, PCST expanded its lessons programs to include spring, summer, and fall sessions, as well as expanded the number of participants in the summer programming from 115 to heights of over 300.  His career at PCST also helped to further develop the Age Group, Junior Group, and Senior Level programs.

While at PCST Coach Wood was able to learn under the tutelage of Coach Brian Haddad and Coach Jonathan Kaplan.  Under their teachings he was able to once again work with swimmers from the Junior National to Olympic Trial Qualifying levels.

Prior to PCST Coach Wood worked with multiple teams in the Memphis and Birmingham areas including Hoover Blue Thunder (HBT) in Hoover, AL where he focused primarily on the Pre-Senior and Age Group levels.  At HBT he helped to grow the team from SE Medium Division to the SE Large Division in only a year while also developing several US Top 10 Age Group swimmers and future Trials qualifiers.

Coach Wood grew up in Oak Mountain and looks forward to helping bring success and excitement back to all levels of USA Swimming in the Birmingham area.  

Michael Bottchen Lead Age Group Coach

Michael Bottchen became an Assistant Coach of Birmingham Swim League in September of 2014.  Coach Bottchen began his coaching career down in Fort Pierce, FL for Indian River Aquatics while attending Indian River State College.  Since the start of his coaching career Coach Michael has been honored to work with and develop all levels of swimmers including many Southeastern Champions, Southeastern Top 8 finalists, US Top 10 Age Group swimmers, as well as Junior National, Senior National and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.

Prior to BSL, Coach Bottchen worked with Hoover Blue Thunder from 2010-2014. Coach Michael originally started swimming in 1997 at Shades Valley YMCA then moved to HBT in the beginning of high school. He returned to HBT as a Coach in 2010 to work with current BSL Head Coach Phillip Wood, where he started with Age Group level swimmers and worked his way into the Pre-Senior level.

Before his arrival at HBT, Coach Bottchen spent 5 total years attending Indian River State College and
while at IRSC Coach Bottchen had the privilege to learn under the guidance of Coach Frank Bradley and Coach Ryan Mallam. Under their teachings he was able to coach swimmers who were beginning their first practice all the way to Olympic athletes. 

Since his start in 2014 at BSL, Coach Bottchen has become certified as a Level 1 Crossfit trainer and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. He has been able to use this knowledge to help the BSL athletes with their strength, power and agility in and out of the water.

Coach Bottchen grew up in Pelham and is excited to help bring success and excitement back to all levels of USA Swimming in the Birmingham area.  

Hailey Morris Assistant Age Group Coach

Hailey Morris joined the BSL coaching staff in January 2017 as an assistant age group coach. Coach Hailey began her coaching career in 2009 in Marietta, Georgia as an assistant coach for the Northampton Hammerheads summer league team. Continuing her coaching career in Georgia, from the summer of 2013 to the summer of 2016, Coach Hailey was the head coach of the Arden Lake Alligators swim team. Once Coach Hailey moved to Birmingham, she became the head coach of Riverchase Country Club and quickly joined the BSL coaching staff.

Prior to becoming a swim coach, Coach Hailey was an active swimmer. She began swimming for her neighborhood’s summer league team when she was only 4. She decided that she loved swimming and joined the club team, Chattahoochee Gold when she was 7. Coach Hailey continued to swim for them until she graduated from high school. She then went on to swim at her college, Birmingham-Southern College, from 2012 until 2016. Although her freshman year was the first year that her college had a swim team, the women’s team went on to win the conference championship in just their second year.

When Coach Hailey is not at the pool being a swim coach, she is a 4th grade special education teacher in Helena. She loves working with children and is excited to help her swimmers continue to grow their love for the sport of swimming.

Mallory Mathias Assistant Age Group Coach

Coach Mallory returned to BSL in the fall of 2018.  Mallory brings a wealth of knowledge as not only a collegiate swimmer at the University of Kentucky, but also as a former Junior National Qualifier and BSL Alumna.  

Coach Mallory primarily works with our AG Foundations and AG Development groups.