Phil Walsh, Senior Coach
Tragically, Phil Walsh passed away on July 3, 2015, after 12 games as Senior Coach.
Rest in Peace, Walshy.
“The impact that Phil Walsh has had on this Club will be remembered forever. It won’t ever be lost.”
– CEO Andrew Fagan
Walsh joined the Crows as Senior Coach in October, 2014 with a reputation as one of the game’s most innovative tacticians. With an AFL coaching career spanning 20 years, Walsh is one of the most experienced football minds in the competition. A lively wingman in his playing days with Collingwood, Richmond and Brisbane, Walsh retired from the sport in 1990 after 122 games. A successful stint in the fitness department at Kardinia Park in the 90s saw Walsh eventually transition into the coaches box. He joined Port Adelaide for 10 seasons and helped guide the club to its only premiership in 2004 as an Assistant Coach. After five years in the West with the Eagles, Walsh returned to Alberton for a year before he was snapped up by Adelaide ahead of Season 2015.
Phil Walsh, 15/3/1960 - 3/7/2015
Playing career: 122 games (22 Collingwood, 40 Richmond, 60 Brisbane)
Playing awards: Brisbane Bears Best and Fairest 1987
Coaching career: Strength and Conditioning Coach at Geelong 1995-1998, Midfield Assistant Coach at Port Adelaide 1999-2008, Strategy and Innovation Coach at West Coast 2009-2013, Midfield Manager at Port Adelaide 2014, Senior Coach at Adelaide 2015
Coaching awards: Midfield Assistant Coach in Port Adelaide’s 2004 premiership, AFL Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year 2004
Scott Camporeale, Interim Senior Coach and Midfield Coach (2015)
Camporeale returned to his native South Australia after a successful playing and coaching career in Victoria. The classy midfielder played 233 games with Carlton, including the 1995 Grand Final win. A member of the 2000 All-Australian team, Camporeale also played 19 matches for Essendon before injuries forced him into retirement in 2007. He remained at the club as an assistant coach for three seasons before joining Adelaide ahead of the 2011 season. The former Woodville-West Torrens star junior oversaw the dramatic improvement in the Crows midfield in 2012, with the Club's young mids again among the league leaders statistically in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Playing career: 252 games (Carlton 233, Essendon 19)
Playing awards: Premiership player at Carlton 1995, All-Australian 2000, John Nicholls Medal (formerly Robert Reynolds) for Carlton’s Best and Fairest 2000, Four International Rules games for Australia, VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century
Coaching career: Assistant Coach at Essendon 2008-2010, Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2011 – current
Did you know...? Campo is a qualified electrician and has his own business.
David Teague, Assistant Coach (Forward)
Teague joined Adelaide's coaching panel ahead of the 2015 season. A brave medium-sized defender in his playing days, Teague notched 83 games with North Melbourne and Carlton, winning the Blues' Best and Fairest Award in 2004 alongside a Robert Rose Medal as the competition's Most Courageous Player. Teague then carved his way into coaching at Princes Park in 2008 as a Development Coach and led Carlton's VFL team to two consecutive Grand Final berths. He moved to West Coast in 2011 as an assistant under premiership coach John Worsfold and also worked alongside Phil Walsh at the Eagles for three seasons, before overseeing St Kilda's backline in 2014.
Playing career: 83 games (33 North Melbourne, 50 Carlton)
Playing awards: John Nicholls Medal for Carlton’s Best and Fairest 2004, Robert Rose Award for the AFLPA's Most Courageous Player 2004
Coaching career: VFL Development Coach at Carlton 2008-2010, Assistant Coach at West Coast 2011-2013, Assistant Coach at St Kilda 2014, Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2015 - current
Did you know …? Teague was a player-coach for two seasons with Carlton's VFL team, the Northern Bullants.
Darren Milburn, Assistant Coach (Defence)
Another former player with premiership experience, Milburn played in two flags for Geelong in 2007 and 2009. Milburn, who retired at the end of 2011 after 292 games, was first lured to the Crows by former teammate Brenton Sanderson. Entering his fourth season in the coaches box, the former All-Australian defender has played an integral role in grooming the likes of Luke Brown, Matthew Jaensch, Brodie Smith and 2014 Club Champion Daniel Talia into one of the most exciting young backlines in the competition.
Nickname: Dash, Dasher
Playing career: 292 games for Geelong
Playing awards: Premiership player at Geelong in 2007 and 2009, All-Australian 2007, One State of Origin game for Victoria, International Rules representative for Australia
Coaching career: Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2012 – current
Did you know …? Dash holds the record for the most games in the No.39 jumper (292). He took the title after passing former Footscray stalwart Tony Liberatore in Round Seven, 2011.
Matthew Clarke, Assistant Coach (Ruck)
Recognised as one of the best tap ruckmen of his time, Clarke returned to West Lakes to lend his experience after representing the Crows in 118 games and four finals series. A journeyman as a player, Clarke was first drafted and delisted by Richmond without playing a senior game, before making his AFL debut with the Brisbane Bears as a lanky 19-year-old in 1993. After 130 games, a Best and Fairest and two runners-up placings, Clarke was picked up by Adelaide ahead of the 2000 season before winding up his career at St Kilda in 2007. An intelligent man on and off the field, coaching came as a natural evolution for Clarke and he has served as the Club's Ruck Coach since 2008.
Nickname: Doc, Clarkey
Playing career: 258 games (Brisbane 130, Adelaide 118, St Kilda 10)
Playing awards: Merrett-Murray Medal for Brisbane's Best and Fairest 1997, AFL Rising Star nominee 1994, Led AFL for total hit-outs in 1996 & 2003
Coaching career: Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2008 – current
Did you know …? Clarke is a qualified veterinarian.
John Worsfold, Coaching Director (2015)
Worsfold was appointed to the newly-created role of Coaching Director following the sad passing of his good friend and former West Coast colleague, Phil Walsh, in July 2015. Worsfold is a respected football figure, having won premierships as both a player and coach at West Coast. The former captain played 209 games for the Eagles, including the 1992 and 1994 premierships. He started his coaching career at Carlton in 2000 where he remained until he was named Senior Coach at West Coast in 2002. He coached the club in 281 games, guiding the Eagles to the flag in 2006. He was crowned Coach of the Year by the AFL Coaches Association in both 2006 and 2011. Worsfold resigned from his post at the end of the 2013 season and has most recently served as the Chairman of the AFL Coaches Association.
Playing career: 209 games for West Coast (1987-1998)
Playing awards: Premiership player (1992 and 1994), Best and Fairest (1988), captain (1991-1998), Best Clubman (1993, 1998), West Australian Football Hall of Fame (2004)
Coaching career: Senior Coach in 281 games at West Coast (2002-2013), Assistant Coach at Carlton (2000-2002)
Coaching awards: Premiership coach (2006), All Australian coach (2006), AFL Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2006 and 2011)
Heath Younie, Head of Development
Raised in country Victoria, Younie was initially rookie-listed by West Coast in 1997, playing WAFL for two seasons before he was delisted. North Melbourne also showed interest in the talented junior, with Younie signing on as a ‘top up’ player for the Kangaroos’ VFL side back in his home state. But his career flourished when he moved to South Australia in 2001 to join North Adelaide. He played 183 SANFL games, was appointed vice-captain, and won two best and fairests in a 10-year stint with the Roosters. After retiring as a player in 2010, Younie served as North Adelaide’s U18s coach for two seasons before joining Adelaide’s development program in late 2012. He was named the Club’s inaugural SANFL coach for the side’s entry to the competition in 2014.
Playing career: 183 SANFL games for North Adelaide
Playing awards: Barrie Robran Medal for North Adelaide’s Best and Fairest 2002 & 2006, North Adelaide leading goalkicker 2007 & 2008, North Adelaide vice-captain 2002, 2005-2010.
Coaching career: U18s coach at North Adelaide 2011-2012, Development Coach at Adelaide 2013, State League Coach and Head of Development 2014 - current
Did you know …? Heath previously worked as a PE and science teacher at Windsor Gardens Vocational School.
Ryan O'Keefe, Midfield Development Coach
O'Keefe forged a glittering 15-year career with the Sydney Swans and holds an impressive list of accolades from his playing days. The steely left-footer, who was a fourth round National Draft selection selection in 1999, redefined the prototype of the modern midfielder with his strong-bodied style, superior aerial ability and great goal sense. His diverse skill set made O'Keefe one of the toughest match-ups for opposition coaches in his prime. O'Keefe's next challenge lies in the Crows coaches box, where he will look to back up two flags, a Norm Smith, a Bob Skilton and a Jim Stynes Medal with more success at West Lakes.
Playing career: 286 games for Sydney
Playing awards: Premiership player at Sydney in 2005 and 2012, Norm Smith Medal 2012, Bob Skilton Medal for Sydney's Best and Fairest 2009, One representative match for Victoria 2008, All-Australian 2006, Jim Stynes Medal 2006, Two International Rules series for Australia in 2005 and 2006.
Coaching career: Midfield Development Coach at Adelaide 2015 - current
Did you know? Ryan is fourth on the all-time games record list at the Sydney Swans with 286 senior games.
Tate Kaesler, Forward Development Coach
Tate Kaesler has a wealth of experience as a player and coach. He notched 180 games with SANFL clubs North Adelaide and Sturt, winning two best and fairests and three premierships in the Reserves. He possesses a diverse coaching history spanning almost two decades, beginning with the Sturt Sabres Basketball Club back in 1996. After retiring as a player in 2007, Kaesler fed his desire to stay involved with football by serving as an Assistant Coach for the U20 South Australian State Team of 2008. He then joined Adelaide’s coaching ranks in a development role in late 2009 and is now in charge of fast-tracking Adelaide’s next wave of young forwards.
Playing career: 180 SANFL League and Reserves games (Sturt, North Adelaide)
Playing awards: SANFL Reserves premiership player 1999 (Sturt), 2005 (North Adelaide), Sturt Reserves Best and Fairest 2001, 2002, North Adelaide Reserves captain 2006.
Coaching career: U20 SANFL State Team Assistant Coach 2008, Development Coach at Adelaide 2009 – current
Did you know …? Tate captained Sturt’s U19 side and finished second in the team’s Best and Fairest award in 1998.
Jarrod Cotton, Defence Development Coach
The first to wear the No.44 guernsey for Port Adelaide’s AFL team, Cotton played four games in the Power’s inaugural season and booted two goals on debut against Carlton. He was delisted in 1998, but carved out an impressive SANFL career of over 160 SANFL games with Central District, Norwood and South Adelaide before a back injury prematurely ended his playing days. Eager to stay involved with football, Cotton gradually moved up the coaching ranks at The Parade. He took the reins as caretaker coach of the club’s League team in 2009 for seven games after working with the Redlegs’ Under 17 and Reserves sides for several seasons. After a year away from the sport, Cotton worked as a Midfield Development Coach in a part-time capacity for Adelaide’s inaugural SANFL season. His commitment to coaching saw ‘Cotts’ appointed full-time with the Crows ahead of Season 2015.
Playing career: 4 games for Port Adelaide, 162 SANFL games (Central District, Norwood, South Adelaide)
Playing awards: SANFL State Team representative 1996, Club leading goalkicker 1997 (Central District), 2002 (Norwood).
Coaching career: U17s Assistant Coach at Norwood 2007, League Assistant Coach at Norwood 2008-2011, Reserves Coach at Norwood 2012-2013, SANFL State Team Assistant Coach 2012-2014, Development Coach at Adelaide 2013 – current.
Did you know …? Cotton played in three SANFL Grand Finals, but failed to win a premiership medallion on each occasion (Central District 1995, 1996 & Norwood 1999).