Coach Iso was an all – state player from Muncie who went on to play for IU & Bobby Knight.  During his 4 years at IU the Hoosiers went to the Sweet Sixteen twice, won the NIT and two Big Ten titles before winning the NCAA championship in 1981 where he was a co-captain. 

After graduating from law school, he pursued his passion for coaching youth even before he and wife Jenny had school age children.  For more than 30 years he has served as a volunteer high school coach for both boys and girls basketball.

A 2017 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee he now serves as executive board member.  He hosts The Hoosier Basketball Experience and provides color commentary on WHMB.

A partner at the world’s largest law firm (Dentons), he has been a litigation attorney for 40 years and has served the Indianapolis Bar Association for decades including as it’s President and current delegate to the ABA.  Recognized as a top 1% legal counsel, he looks forward to retirement in the not too distant future.

He and wife Jenny, a decorated marathon runner, have 3 children, all of whom were multi-sport high school athletes and full scholarship players at division I universities. Between them, their children earned 30 Varsity letters in high school.  In addition to high school basketball, Coach Iso has coached youth basketball, football, soccer, baseball and softball.  Other than with his family, there is nowhere Coach Iso would rather be than on a field or in the gym….or talking about it on WHMB TV40!



Phil Isenbarger

Fridays at 9 PM


Phil Isenbarger, Co-Captain of IU’s 1981  NCAA Championship team hosts, The Hoosier Basketball Experience. As a lawyer and a coach he has stayed close to the basketball scene in Indiana. Coach ISO interviews legends of the game exploring their basketball history, recruitment and where they are today (family, occupation & community involvement and how basketball shaped their lives). Key relationships with players and coaches, will be highlighted. Lessons learned (positive and negative), advice for parents of young players and favorite memories from playing days will be explored.