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Defensive Coaching Staff

Phil Nicolaides
Assistant Coach - Inside Linebackers

Phil Nicolaides begins his first season on the football staff at Randolph-Macon College.

Nicolaides will serve as defensive pass game coordinator and defensive coordinator for the Yellow Jackets.

Nicolaides had coached for the past two seasons at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pa. He was the defensive backs coach and video coordinator. Nicolaides also had special teams responsibilities.

During his collegiate days, Nicolaides played safety and outside linebacker at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. He also saw action on special teams all four seasons. Nicolaides earned a BS in Finance and a BA in Psychology in May, 2013.

Following graduation, Nicolaides worked for Domann & Pittman Sports Representation (now 360 Sports, LLC) in Colorado Springs as an NFL recruiting and scouting intern. He was also an assistant coach at Pine Creek High School, working with the defensive backs, linebackers and special teams. Nicolaides helped Pine Creek win the 2013 Colorado 4A State Championship.


Logan O'Neill
Assistant Coach - Outside Linebackers

Logan O'Neill is in his first year as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He will be assistant secondary coach, working with the cornerbacks.

O'Neill graduated in May, 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a minor in education. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a member of Chi Beta Phi and Pi Mu Epsilon. A Dean's List student and ODAC Scholar-Athlete, O'Neill was a Presidential Scholarship recipient and two-time nominee for the ODAC Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award for football.

A member of the R-MC defense for four seasons, O'Neill earned All-ODAC First Team honors as a senior in 2016. He recorded 51 tackles, including 33 unassisted. O'Neill had 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. O'Neill was VaSID All-State Second Team as well in 2016.

During his junior season in 2015, O'Neill recorded a season-high 11 tackles against Washington and Lee, including one tackle for loss. He was voted All-ODAC Second Team.


Chase Phillips
Assistant Coach - Secondary

Phillips is in his fifth season on the R-MC staff in 2017. He will coach the secondary and serve as recruiting coordinator. Phillips has previously worked with the secondary, the corners and the wide receivers.

Phillips was a four-year letter-winner for the Yellow Jackets and a four-year starter as a punt returner. He was twice named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. For three semesters, Phillips was on the Top 10 Academic List for the R-MC football team, including No. 2 for the 2012 spring semester.

A native of Harrisburg, N.C., Phillips graduated from Hickory Ridge High School in 2009. After reaching the Dean's List for four semesters, he earned a degree from Randolph-Macon in Religious Studies with a minor in Ethics. Phillips and his wife, Lauren, also a 2013 graduate of R-MC, welcomed baby Wyatt to their family in March, 2017.


Matt Tschetter
Assistant Coach - Defensive Line

Matt Tschetter is in his third season as an assistant coach for the R-MC football team in 2017. He will be the Defensive Run Game Coordinator and Co-Defensive Coordinator for a second year after working with the defensive line and overseeing R-MC's special teams in 2015.

In 2014, Tschetter was a defensive line coach at his alma mater, Wartburg College, in Waverly, Iowa. The Knights went 12-1, including 10-0 during the regular season. Wartburg hosted a pair of NCAA playoff games, defeating St. Thomas 37-31 and St. John’s 21-10, before falling 37-33 on the road to eventual national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater in the quarterfinals. The Knights held their opponents to less than 15 points per game and were ranked No. 4 in the nation in the final AFCA and polls.

From 2012-14, Tschetter was a graduate assistant football coach at Wisconsin-Platteville. He worked with the outside linebackers. He was responsible for organizing and running position meetings as well as position-specific drills during practice. The Pioneers reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs.

During his playing days, Tschetter was a Third Team All-American defensive lineman. He was a two-time first team All-Iowa Conference selection and helped Wartburg win a pair of conference titles. The Knights went 34-10 during his four-year career.

A native of Milford, Iowa, Tschetter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fitness Management with a minor in Business from Wartburg in 2012. He received a Master of Science degree in Education from Wisconsin-Platteville in 2014.