The following statement from the AFL Coaches Association regarding Phil Walsh’s death is to be attributed to CEO, Mark Brayshaw and Chairman, John Worsfold:
Together with the AFL community, the Coaching family is in shock at the news that one of our own has passed in this dreadful way. We offer our deepest condolences to Phil’s wife Meredith and his family.
Phil was a Football Person in every sense of that phrase. He dedicated much of his life to playing and coaching. As a career coach, he realised his dream to become Senior Coach of an AFL Club in his mid-50’s. Now, his journey as Senior Coach of the Adelaide Football Club has ended abruptly and tragically. He was famous in our game for his insight and football nous. And he was extremely committed to his players.
AFL Chairman John Worsfold reflected on Phil’s passion for the game and its players. “Leaders are at their best when they are passionate about their role. Phil had an unbridled and authentic passion for the team, the players and for the game of AFL. His boundless energy and intricate footy brain were hallmarks of his coaching. He infected his players with his drive and vitality. We’ll miss him and never forget him. Walshy’s shining passion will be a legacy for all coaches.”
Phil Walsh, rest in peace.