Pat Clohessy

Patrick Andrew "Pat" Clohessy AM (born 16 May 1933)[1] is an Australian runner and distance running coach.

Middle Distance CareerEdit

Clohessy grew up in Muswellbrook, New South Wales and Tamworth, New South Wales due to his father Patrick being the postmaster with Postmaster-General's Department in these rural towns.[2] He took up running when he joined the Muswellbrook Athletics Club in 1953.[3] He had early success in winning the 1954 New South Wales Country Championships 880 yards and one mile events in record time.[3] He then moved to Sydney to run for Randwick Botany Athletics Club.[4] Clohessy then moved to the United States to study and lecture at the University of Houston. He encouraged Australian middle distance runner Allan Lawrence to study at the University of Houston. Lawrence went on to win the 5000m at 1960 NCAA Championship.[5]

Notable performances by Clohessy as an athlete included:

 
AIS Distance Running Coach Pat Clohessy (right) with World Champion marathoner Robert De Castella in 1984

Coaching careerEdit

After returning to Australia from the United States, Clohessy became a teacher and athletics coach at Xavier College in Melbourne.[7] It was at Xavier College that Clohessy started to coach Robert de Castella, who would go on to win the marathon at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, 1986 Commonwealth Games and the 1983 World Championships in Athletics.[7] In 1983, after 16 years at Xavier College, he was appointed distance running coach at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).[8][7] It was a position he held until 1994 when he took up an Athletics Australia coaching position in Brisbane, Queensland.[7][4]

In 1998, he took up a position as athletics coach at the University of Queensland.[7]

Clohessy was an athletics coach on the 1980 and 1984 Australian Olympic teams and 1983 and 1987 World Championships teams.[7]

Notable Australian and AIS athletes coached by Clohessy include: Robert de Castella, Krishna Stanton, Simon Doyle, Shaun Creighton, Susan Hobson, Pat Scammell, Matt Favier, Pat Carroll, Andrew Lloyd and Brittany McGowan.[7]

In 1994, Susan Hobson edited the book - Pat Clohessy : athlete, coach, mentor published by the Australian Sports Commission.

RecognitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Pat Clohessy". athhistory.sportstg.com. Australian Athletics Historical Results. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Popular Citizens Farewelled". The Muswellbrook Chronicle. 9 August 1955. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Clohessy is one of our best in years". 8 February 1954. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Rollings, Barry (24 December 1993). "Clohessy resigns". The Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "NCAA Division I 5000m Championships (USA)". Association of Road Racing Statisticians website. Archived from the original on 23 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Pat Clohessy". Sport Australia Hall of Fame website. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Five honoured". Athletics Australia website. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  8. ^ Hourigan, John (6 February 1983). "lohessy becomes fifth AIS athletics coach". The Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Sports commission meets". The Canberra Times. 14 September 1984. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.

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