Pat Critchley is a well known sportsman from County Laois, Ireland. He has played at National League level in hurling, football and basketball. He is a member of Portlaoise GAA club, with whom he won 14 Laois senior county championships - seven each in hurling and football. He went on to win three Leinster and one All-Ireland club football championships with Portlaoise. Critchley also won one Limerick senior county football championship.
Pat was a physical education teacher at Presentation College, Portlaoise up until recently. Since 1985, he has coached school basketball teams to eleven All-Ireland finals, winning five, and led the school to an All-Ireland football title.
Pat currently occupies a full-time coaching and development role with the Laois County Board and is the instigator of the successful Setanta Hurling program and the follow on Cuchulainn program.