Ballincollig coach is appointed to oversee Irish U17 basketball squad

Ballincollig coach is appointed to oversee Irish U17 basketball squad
Ballincollig's Ciaran O'Sullivan in full flight against Donegal. Picture: Gavin Browne

BALLINCOLLIG'S Ciarán O'Sullivan has been appointed the coach for the Irish Basketball U17 Development Squad.

The experienced O'Sullivan, who returned to play for Ballincollig this season after a silverware-leaden stint with UCC Demons, works on Leeside as basketball development officer, growing the game in clubs and schools across the city and county. 

He has been appointed on a one-year term by the Elite Performance Committee at Basketball Ireland. Coaching runs in the family as his parents Francis and Grace O'Sullivan are involved in the Irish senior women's set-up, while his younger brother Adrian is one of the main men for Demons in the SuperLeague.

“It’s a great honour to be selected as the head coach of the Ireland U17 men’s development squad, especially off the back of such a successful summer for Irish basketball," said O'Sullivan. 

"I am looking forward to working with such great talent and continuing the excellent work that has been done with these players over the last few years.”

Ballincollig are enjoying a successful first stint at National League level, despite a loss to Killorglin last weekend, as they are challenging for Division 1 honours as well as counting down to a National Cup semi-final against Killarney in January. 

Ballincollig coach Kieran O'Sullivan, Ciarán's uncle, was awarded Coach of the Month for November by Basketball Ireland.

The Ballincollig team at a training session at BCS, with head coach Kieran O'Sullivan, left and team manager Donal O'Sullivan, right. Picture: David Keane.
The Ballincollig team at a training session at BCS, with head coach Kieran O'Sullivan, left and team manager Donal O'Sullivan, right. Picture: David Keane.

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