Danny Fulton and his family are synonymous with Belfast basketball, just as he is renowned for his remarkable service to coaching and the national men’s programme. He coached the senior Irish men’s team for all but two years between 1976 and 1988 (120 games), and in those two gap years he took the national U19 team which would record Ireland’s first-ever win in underage European competition, beating Denmark.
Throughout the ’70s and ’80s he also coached various St Gall’s and Star of the Sea underage and senior national league teams, but it would be in the 1990s that he and Star shone at the top level of the domestic game, as the club built on the breakthrough U19 National Cup final success of 1990 to win three consecutive National Top Four Championships (1996-98), two Super League titles (1997-98 and 1998-99) and contest four National Cup final weekends, including two finals, with Fulton at the helm for all but one of those campaigns. He would continue to coach Star on and off through the current millennium, while also serving as one of the club’s chief administrators. Now the coaching reins have been passed on to his son, Adrian, who has in turn handed the point-guard baton on to his own son, 16-year-old CJ.
For all of his technical and tactical knowledge of the game and tremendous vision of what a basketball programme should be like, Danny is particularly known, respected and loved among the basketball community for the personal warmth he extends to all its members and his sheer enthusiasm and love for the game.