Keenan pays ultimate price for UCD’s poor run of form

UCD, after a string of defeats in the NIVEA for MEN SuperLeague have sacked coach Mark Keenan days before their SuperLeague Cup quarter-final with Limerick Lions.

Keenan, one of the most respected coaches in the SuperLeague, has become the victim of UCD’s slump in form which culminated in defeat to MDS Star last weekend.

Yesterday the club announced they were parting company with Keenan and that Pat Glover, a former SuperLeague player, had agreed to take over the coaching role on an interim basis.

Glover, appointed Basketball’s Development Officer earlier this year, is an experienced coach and has appointed two experienced assistants, Michael Clancy and Declan Collins.

Clancy is coach of the UCD Division One side and will be familiar with the players in the SuperLeague squad while Declan Collins has previous Superleague experience as an assistant coach.

Next weekend UCD play Limerick Lions in the quarter-final of the Cup and they hope to sign Elijah Warren who top scored with Ballina last year, while there is also talk of other possible players coming into the squad as the new coach assesses his requirements.

A spokesman for UCD said it was time for the team to start realising its potential. “We have discussed this potential for years and there is no doubt we have a very exciting crop of young talent mixed with excellent professionals,” he said.

“The new coaching staff will play a pivotal role in reshaping the team but it is now up to the players to step up and take responsibility for their own performance.”

Limerick Lions created the sensation of the first round when they defeated UCC Demons, the reigning SuperLeague champions, but last weekend they suffered defeat themselves at the hands of Gleneagle Lakers in the SuperLeague.

Lakers are at home to Merry Monk Ballina in the quarter-final of the Cup, a competition that has been opened up now that every team in the SuperLeague has been beaten.

UCC Demons fell victim to the defending Cup champions in the SuperLeague last weekend and the sides will be meeting for the fourth time this season when they meet in the Cup at the weekend.

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