Our field lost a legend July 15, 2021, when Daryl Siedentop passed. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the area of physical education, sport pedagogy, or physical education teacher education who has not been influenced in some way by Daryl’s work. While at The Ohio State University, Daryl mentored over 80 doctoral students, of which many have gone on to their own influential careers as teachers, researchers, and teacher educators. A quick look at the list of National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) Fellows who represent our specific area provides a litany of names who are connected to Daryl as a colleague, former student, or valued friend.
Name an award given for outstanding teaching, research, or mentoring contributions to the field and it is a guarantee that Daryl received it. Among those accolades are the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Curriculum and Instruction Academy Honor Award, American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s (AAHPERD) Alliance Scholar and C.H. McCloy Honor Awards, and AAHPERD’s highest honor, the Luther H. Gulick Award.
Daryl’s influence on the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education (JTPE) cannot be overstated. The founders of the journal, Mike Metzler and Mark Freedman, were his students at The Ohio State University. The initial issue of JTPE included one of Daryl’s many publications and he continued to be a contributor until his last published piece in 2002. A search of his surname on the JTPE website, however, indicates that his work is still being cited in 2021.
I was lucky to spend time with Daryl about 10 years ago when he came to our campus for a speaking engagement regarding the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan. As we sat in my office, the conversation was not about research or teaching physical education, but instead about sports—his golf game and baseball being the foci. It was during that time I learned the depth of his love for sport (something that was evident in his creation of the Sport Education model); that he coached baseball at his alma mater, Hope College; and that he once co-authored a book with then Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Kaat (Winning Baseball: Science and Strategies) one year after I was born. The next day he left early to drive back to Pinehurst, NC, so he could still get in 18 holes, and I had a chance to reflect on his career in terms of substance, accomplishments, length, and variety. It was then that it dawned on me—not surprisingly, in the context of baseball. He was a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Daryl Siedentop was the field’s Babe Ruth/Hank Aaron/Nolan Ryan—an individual of once-in-a-generation capacity. We were lucky to have him and remain lucky to benefit from what he gave the field.
There are plans to honor Daryl’s career in an upcoming issue of JTPE that will do much more than these few paragraphs to illustrate what he gave our profession. Those wanting to honor Daryl can make a donation to the Daryl and Roberta Siedentop Professorship Fund in Children’s Sport and Physical Education at The Ohio State University (https://www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/?fund=646600) or the Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice organization (https://www.ohioliving.org/home-health-hospice).