The AFL today announced that inaugural AFLW Best and Fairest winner and dual-sport athlete, Erin Phillips, will officially join the AFL as a High Performance Coach.
Under the leadership of National Academy Manager, Luke Power, Phillips will work with both future AFL and AFLW players through the national academy program.
“Erin will be working closely with the boys’ and girls’ academy teams lead by National Academy Manager Luke Power, and will attend selected camps, mentor players and work with the coaching unit to set and deliver the academy curriculum.” AFL General Manager Football Operations Simon Lethlean said in a statement.
(Erin Phillips speaks to her teammates in the huddle. PHOTO: AFL Photos)
Phillips recently returned to her WNBA team, the Dallas Wings, only to have her playing contract waived days out from the start of the season. Unable to find another playing contract elsewhere, Phillips will remain with the Dallas Wings this season in an off-field role as the Director of Player and Franchise Development.
Phillips, who has committed to representing the Adelaide Crows in the 2018 AFLW season, is expected to return to Australia in late 2017.
After more than a decade away from football, Phillips dominated the inaugural AFLW season. She co-captained the Adelaide Crows to the inaugural AFLW Premiership, won the 2017 AFLW goal of the year, was named the All-Australian vice-captain and also claimed the AFLW Best and Fairest, the AFLPA MVP and the Adelaide Crows club champion awards.
While her first AFLW season was something to behold, Phillips is also world-class basketballer with WNBA titles, World Championship gold, Commonwealth gold and Olympic silver to her name.After a disappointing Olympic campaign with the Opals in Rio last year, Phillips has left the door ajar to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.