Mike Ruddock

Head Coach - Lansdowne FC

Joe Walsh is an outstanding young man who is driven by his desire to coach at the highest level. He has worked alongside and studied the coaching styles of some of the best coaches in world rugby. He is passionate about the game and about his own personal development. He has  maturity, wisdom and knowledge beyond his years. Like all coaches he will encounter good times and challenging times on his coaching journey however he knows that the road ahead will be as exciting as it is unpredictable!! Not only is Joe a fine young coach, he is also an excellent performance Analyst having performed that  role in the AIL with Lansdowne. A coach, Analyst, key note speaker and determined leader - Joe Walsh is a young coach to keep an eye on. As he continues to develop his coaching skills and experience I predict a bright and successful future for this multi- talented young man

Bernard Jackman

Head Coach - Dragons Rugby

Joe reached out to me in July 2016, with interest in visiting our setup in Grenoble. Joe spent three weeks with us, shadowing our operations, and learning about the world of professional rugby. He showed complete commitment to the trip, arriving early in the mornings and staying until late in the evening, soaking up as much knowledge as he could. His effort and openness to learning will surely be the reason for his imminent rise to the world of professional rugby over the next few years

John Cronin

Director of Rugby - Railway Union RFC

Joe emailed me in August 2015 and came on board with us for the 2015/16 season when he was just 15 years old. 

 

Joe’s primary role was video analyst, a role at which he excelled.  He produced detailed analysis in a short time after matches and helped implement KPI scoreboard, which was specific and tailored to the needs of the team. 

 

Joe soon found himself in demand from the players, who sought individual analysis from him.  That he was able to establish credibility at such a young age is a testament to the value of the work he delivered and his professionalism in delivering it.

 

Joe also shadowed at coaching sessions.  He was extremely diligent and never missed a training session.  He was very hard working, eager to learn and consistently displayed a very obvious ambition. 

 

Joe left us at the end of that season, as he wished to progress to a Head Coach role with a Men’s team.  He took counsel from numerous individuals, many of them senior coaches in the professional game, with Joe Schmidt being his primary advisor and biggest influence on his decision.

 

We were very sorry to lose Joe and made a number of attempts to get him to change his mind.  However, with all he has achieved since then, it is clear that Joe made the right decision in relation to his coaching career. 

 

In addition to all of above, he is a great guy, very personable and we all look forward to seeing where his coaching career takes him.

Charlie Quinn

Senior Panel 2 Coach - Lansdowne FC

I first worked with Joe when he was coaching the Railway Union Senior Women’s Team and he helped me out on the Railway Union Senior Men’s Team where Joe brought great variety and organisation to the training sessions. He was very generous with his time although he had a busy schedule. 

More recently I have been working with Joe coaching the Lansdowne FC J2 and J3 Teams. Joe is always prepared for the sessions, applying plans and strict timings to ensure the pace never drops.

Joe is a very mature young man, forward in his approach and has a very good analytical mind.

I have never met anyone as driven to succeed with a determination to learn and grow as a top class coach. He can call upon the knowledge and experience of very senior coaches who are happy to support him in his endeavours. I wish Joe all the luck his hard work deserves.

Sean Dunne

Senior Panel 2 Squad Member 2017/18 / Connacht Interpro Squad Member

I had the opportunity to be coached by Joe during the 2017/18 season in Lansdowne. Joe always turned up to training organised and prepared for the session. His knowledge of the game was evident, and he clearly communicated it with the squad, making it understandable and logical. I always admired his drive in wanting to be the best coach possible, I found him very approachable as I always felt I could ask for advice both on and off the field. His portfolio of drills and enjoyable game based approach assisted in my development as a player while also maintaining my love of the sport

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