Basketball Ireland is pleased to announce that the NABC is renaming the U18 men’s National Cup to the “Billy Coffey U18 National Cup”, in memory of the late Billy Coffey, who passed away last month.
Billy ran the Cork Basketball Board for the last 40 years, prior to stepping away from his role earlier this year. He also represented them on the National Area Boards Committee for over a decade. Through those 40 years Billy was integral in organising tournaments in Cork for teams from across the country. Before becoming one of the most influential sports administrators in Irish basketball, Billy also represented the Army as a player on their Southern Command team.
Chair of the NABC, Jason Thornton, said: “We wanted to acknowledge the lasting impact that Billy Coffey had on basketball in this country and putting his name to the U18 men’s National Cup is a nod to his legacy. He put in years of voluntary work into our sport and we’re delighted to have his name enshrined in basketball in this country.”
Chair of Basketball Ireland, Paul McDevitt, added: “Billy is sorely missed and this move by the NABC to rename the U18 men’s National Cup in his honour is a welcome one. He committed so much time and effort towards our game and this is a fitting gesture.”