Meet Our Instructors

Training and education is a cornerstone of living the firearms lifestyle. That said, we have selected a core group of trainers with decades of teaching, training and mentoring experience in all skill levels. The diversity of our instructors’ experiences helps us deliver a wide ranging course catalog. All of our trainers have a passion to teach and pass on the lessons they have learned. Listed below is a brief bio of the training and practical experience each of our trainers possess.

Ryan Coutts

Ryan Coutts

Ryan is an instructor with Trop Group and Trop Institute with real world special operations and combat experience. He spent five years of service in the 75th Ranger Regiment, the Army's premier direct action raid force. During his time in 2/75, he deployed four times in the global war on terror to some of the most hostile environments in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Over the course of these deployments, Ryan participated in hundreds of special operations raids to kill or capture known enemies of the United States.

Ryan made the move to the private training sector in 2014 and has been instructing with Trop Institute since his enlistment ended. He has instructed at all skill levels in a myriad of settings- from first time shooters on a static range as a private instructor, to experienced operators in hostile environments as a Ranger fire team leader. Ryan's past training and combat experience in conjunction with a passion for training and his drive to continually improve as a shooter ensures that his students receive the most current and comprehensive training possible.

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Phill Groff

Phil Groff

Phill is an Instructor with Trop Group bringing over 18 years of operational experience as a United States Marine, Police Officer and Trainer. Phill began his career as a Marine serving with FAST Co. After completing multiple schools and deployments with FAST, he began his instructional career serving as a platoon level CQB Instructor. Additionally Phill served with 1st Battalion 6th Marines where he furthered his instructional experience as the lead MCIWS. After the Marine Corp Phill immediately transitioned to a career in law enforcement. Working in Patrol, Training and SWAT for most of his 14 years as a police officer, Phill participated in hundreds of tactical operations and was the Training Coordinator for one of the largest SWAT teams in the state of Pennsylvania.

Phill has been actively involved in the private training community since 2004. Starting with his own company Phalanx Training Group, he progressed as an adjunct instructor for the United States Shooting Academy and then the Chief Operations Officer Direct Action Tactical Training Consultants. Phill is experienced as an instructor in all common firearms platforms, defensive tactics, small unit tactics, tactical operations, less lethal weapons as well as most skills related to personal defense. He has written curriculum for courses ranging from basic firearms skills through advanced SWAT schools. Phill continues to enjoy his passion for firearms by competing in USPSA, 3-Gun, and IDPA.

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