SASCOC mourns the sad loss of an instrumental leader in the sports coaching arena, Professor Patrick (Pat) Duffy who passed away on Sunday morning after a long illness.
Duffy was appointed as Professor of Sport Coaching in December 2009 at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK where he was charged with a leadership role in the development and implementation of the Sport Coaching Strategy for the University.
Vice-President for Europe for the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the Chair to the working group in developing the Global Framework for the Recognition of Coaching Competence and Qualifications (GFRCCQ), Duffy was also the Chief Technical Advisor to SASCOC on the development of the South African Coaching Framework.
He was also instrumental in lobbying for South Africa to host the Global Coach Conference (GCC) in 2013 where the International Sports Coaching Framework (ISCF) was launched in Durban.
He also held positions of Chief Executive of sports coach (UK), served an 11-year term as the Director of Ireland’s National Coaching and Training Centre and led the integration of sport coaching principles into the innovative Coaching for Performance Programme at Morrisons.
Says SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy: ‘We are saddened by the death of yet another sports icon who contributed vastly to the development and implementation of International Sports coaching. We mourn with Duffy’s family and we express our heartfelt condolences to them at this difficult time.
‘His great works will be missed but we as the National Olympic Committee, will carry his legacy and ensure that we move forward with the strategies he put in place to take sport to a higher level,’ added Reddy.
His work engaged international federations; national lead organisations for coaching and other international organisations such as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Olympic Solidarity in the development of a global reference point for the development of coaching qualifications.
The funeral arrangements are still under way.