Phillip Walsh was recruited by the Collingwood Magpies from the Hamilton Club ( Country Victoria ) for the 1983 Season. He enjoyed an outstanding first Season in the Victorian Football League, which culminated in his award as the Recruit of the Year . Walsh’s play as a wingman, was skilful and classy, showing plenty of dash and constantly finding team-mates with precise foot skills. He played 22 Games and kicked 9 Goals in his debut Season at Collingwood.
The Magpies were astounded , when Walsh sought a clearance to play with the Richmond Tigers for the 1984 Season. In March 1984 after 3 days in Court, Collingwood agreed to his clearance request to the Tigers, where he played 40 Games and kicked 14 Goals from 1984 to 1986.
Phillip Walsh was again on the move in 1987 , when he was granted a Clearance to the new AFL Franchise, the Brisbane Bears. At this time, he was being regarded as a Football mercenary, however Walsh has had a history of selecting opportunities which have steadily enhanced his development. He won the inaugural Brisbane Bears Best and Fairest Player Award in 1987, going on to play 60 Games and kicking 18 Goals, before injury caused his premature retirement as a player after the 1990 Season, at 30 years of age.
Walsh became the strength and conditioning Coach at the Geelong Football Club following his retirement as a Player. In 1999 he was appointed an Assistant Coach at the Port Adelaide Football Club. He was working in this capacity alongside Mark Williams, when Port Power won the 2004 AFL Premiership. His great work in this role was recognized throughout the Code, and he was acknowledged as the AFL Assistant Coach of the Year , an Award voted on by his peers at the AFL Coaches Association.
Phillip Walsh enhanced his Coaching credentials from the 2009 Season, with a 5 year stint as an Assistant Coach at the West Coast Eagles, working under John Worsfold. In 2014, Walsh was appointed as an Assistant Coach at the Port Adelaide Football Club, specializing in midfield strategy for Senior Coach, Ken Hinkley. The rapid improvement in Port Power’s structure and performance, throughout the Season, can be fairly proportioned to Walsh’s influence on the playing group.
On 7th October 2014, Phillip Walsh was appointed as Senior Coach at the Adelaide Crows Football Club, following the surprise sacking of Brenton Sanderson. The Crows have a highly skilful and competitive playing list , who had lost their way under Sanderson’s stewardship. The AFL community should expect the calm, calculating and precise coaching methods of Phillip Walsh , to propel the Adelaide Crows into Finals contention from his inaugural Coaching Season in 2015.
UPDATE – 3/07/2015 – Tragedy for the AFL Community, with the report of Phil Walsh being stabbed to death at his home – His Son Cy has been charged with the murder.