It is with sadness that we share the news that Professor Daryl Siedentop passed away on July 15, 2021. Our
friend and colleague Daryl Siedentop was born on July 28, 1938.
The love of his life, Roberta (Bobbie) Siedentop, was a primary physical education teacher whom Daryl met while
she was studying at Ohio State. They were happily married for 44 years, taking care of their many dogs, Bobbie’s
horses, and their homes in Columbus and Pinehurst. In recent years, as Daryl’s health deteriorated and his
memory failed him, Bobbie lovingly cared for him. Despite the challenges, she found ways to ensure his life was
as comfortable, meaningful, and happy as his health circumstances allowed. She kept in touch with Daryl’s
friends and former students and kept friends and colleagues abreast of their lives via Christmas cards, photos,
emails, and phone calls. It has been her loving way of paying tribute to the joy Daryl got from connecting with,
hearing from, and reading about the lives and achievements his former colleagues and doctoral students.
Daryl spent most of his professional career as a professor at The Ohio State University (OSU). While at the
university, he recruited a team of young faculty, creating a powerful team of pedagogical teachers and
researchers in physical education — which resulted in friendships that have lasted a lifetime. He was highly
regarded for his outstanding leadership of and service to the College of Education at OSU, including being
appointed senior associate dean of the College of Education and as interim dean of the College of Education.
After retiring, Daryl assumed initial leadership of OSU’s new P-12 Project, a university-wide outreach
initiative to support urban school improvement in Ohio. In 2005, he accepted an appointment as research
professor and director for the Teacher Quality Partnership, a consortium of Ohio’s 50 colleges and universities
designed to enhance teacher quality and ensure highly qualified teachers in every classroom.
Daryl was one of the founding fathers of sport pedagogy in North America. His scholarly contributions to sport
pedagogy and physical education teacher education, — in particular his mentorship of more than 80 doctoral
students — leaves a legacy to our scholarly community. He was one of the world's leading authorities on sport
education for children and youth and is its most influential scholar in the analysis of teaching effectiveness
in physical activity settings.
Daryl’s contributions to physical education cut across four key themes (Play Theory, Sport Education, Physical
Activity Policy and the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan, and Physical Education Teaching and Teacher
Education Research). His mentoring and research with colleagues and doctoral students brought him much pleasure
and many lifelong friends. He so much enjoyed hearing of the achievements of those scholars, and several were
privileged to co-author articles and textbooks with him.
In the early 1980s, Daryl created the Sport Education model, and published his first book on the subject, Sport
Education, in 1994. He consulted in the 1980s with the New Ministry of Education in New Zealand as they
introduced Sport Education as a cornerstone of their physical education curriculum. He is also the author of
several books on physical education, curriculum planning, and sport coaching. In recognition of his scholarly
contributions, Daryl was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Education in 1979 (later to be the
National Academy of Kinesiology). He earned the 1984 International Olympic Committee President’s Award
(Samaranch Award), which is the highest honor for work in sport pedagogy.
He was a highly sought-after and respected international keynote speaker and received numerous awards,
including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hope College (1991) and Indiana University (1995); the Curriculum
and Instruction Academy Honor Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) in
1994; the Alliance Scholar Award (1994) and C.H. McCloy Honor Award (1998) from American Alliance for Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); induction into NASPE’s Hall of Fame in 2006; the Clarke W.
Hetherington Award (2008); and AAHPERD’s highest honor, the Luther H. Gulick Award, in 2010.
Daryl retired from OSU in 2001 and was the recipient of the Ohio State Hall of Fame Award in 2006, a highlight
for him, given his passion for and commitment to Ohio State over many decades. And in 2011, Hope College
presented Daryl (as well as his brother Sir Larry Siedentop) with honorary doctoral degrees as alumni.
The countless awards and recognitions for Daryl’s achievements and accomplishments in the academy are a clear
reflection of the impact he had on the field of physical education. He should, however, also be remembered for
other aspects of his life. First, there was his boundless passion and love of sport. While never deifying it, he
saw its value and importance as something that deserves to be preserved, supported, and enhanced. Second was the
care and commitment he showed to his many students, colleagues, and friends. He managed to impact their
scholarly practice and thinking in ways they could have never imagined before they met Daryl. His preference was
always for quiet conversations about ideas, away from the crowds that invariably gathered around him. Those who
were privileged to spend time with Daryl are left saddened by his passing.