Remembering Phil


I have had the good fortune to meet many coaches on my journey through sport.

Two days ago, I wrote about a coach whom I have known for forty years.

Today, I am remembering a coach with whom I had hoped to spend more time but was unable to do so.

I met Phil Walsh twice. Once at Port Adelaide and once at West Coast. Both meetings led to online conversations.

I loved being in his company and savoured our exchanges. Phil transformed my understanding of coaching and was very important in my induction to coaching in Australia.

I would have loved to have listened more to his coaching story. This weekend brings back very powerful memories and feelings.


Photo Credits

Phil Walsh (AFL)

Phil Walsh (Geelong)


A memorial to Phil was unveiled in Adelaide on Saturday, 2 July.

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