Rugby league commentator and manager Phil Gould is the executive general manager of rugby league at the Penrith Panthers.
He is also a commentator for Channel Nine and as a columnist for Fairfax Media. Phil has been involved in rugby league since his first year for the Panthers as a player in 1976, going on to coach at club level and becoming NSW's most successful coach in State of Origin.
Phil has also contributed significantly to the community through his charity work and support for several organisations and groups, including Panthers on the Prowl, Panthers Women in League, Randwick Children's Hospital, Brave Hearts Foundation, St Gabriel's School for Hearing Impaired Children, Trees of Hope Foundation, the McGrath Foundation, and the White Ribbon Foundation.
He has dedicated his time to helping build rugby league in Papua New Guinea, working with the country's government to help develop a range of development programs in the region. A renowned motivational speaker, he has delivered motivational talks to a range of organisations across education, health, business and sporting industries.
As a player, Phil spent three years at Penrith from 1976 to 1979 and was crowned the club's youngest captain at the age of 20 in his third year. He played with the Newtown Jets from 1981 to 1982, Canterbury from 1983 to 1985 and South Sydney in 1986.
His coaching career began at Canterbury in 1988, before returning home to coach the Panthers to grand final appearances for the first time in the club's history in 1990 and again in 1991, securing the club's historic first-ever premiership in 1991. He coached NSW in State of Origin for eight years over two different stints. From 2002 to 2004 he worked as the director of coaching for the Sydney Roosters and in 2011 again returned to the Panthers to take up the role as executive general manager of rugby league.
In 2014 Phil was awarded a Member in the general division (AM) for "significant service to rugby league football as an administrator, commentator, coach and player, and to the community."
- Rugby Union & League