On August 10, 2014, Human Kinetics lost a valued business partner and treasured friend. Pat Duffy, Vice-President for Strategy and Development for the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the chief architect of the International Sport Coaching Framework, passed away after a year-and-a-half battle with brain cancer.
Pat also was Professor of Sport Coaching at Leeds Metropolitan University and over the past two decades had become one of the world’s foremost authorities on coaching education and development. He recently served as Chair to the working group to develop the Global Framework for the Recognition of Coaching Competence and Qualifications (GFRCCQ). This built upon his work in developing the European Framework for the European Coaching Council, which Pat also chaired.
Pat was a former Chief Executive of sports coach UK, where he led the development of the UK Coaching Framework which received the widespread support of governing bodies, funding partners, higher education and the wider sport coaching industry. He also served an 11-year term as the Director of Ireland’s National Coaching and Training Centre, where he led the establishment of the National Coaching Development Program and the creation of the national carding scheme for the support of international athletes.
Pat was also the Chief Technical Advisor to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee on the development of the South African Coaching Framework. And more and more countries were seeking him out as a consultant to create or improve their coaching and coach development system. In these advisory roles and presentations Pat was always proud to mention the ICCE’s partnership with Human Kinetics and the potential benefit that HK could be in helping to meet their coach education needs. And he was very excited about serving as editor of the planned HK publication, the Sport Coaching Handbook.
Perhaps most impressively, in the competitive and sometimes close-minded realms of academe and coach development, Pat was admired and appreciated. He was a master consensus builder and very receptive to differing points of view.
Professional stature and achievements aside, Pat Duffy was a very special person. His wife Deirdre and his children cherished their loving husband and father. And while Pat was a joy to work with, as some staff at HK can attest, he was even more fun to simply be with.
He gave so much to so many in a life that was far too short. We can only hope others will build on his legacy and follow his example.