Scannell named Neptunes coach

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Updated: July 18, 2011

Mark Scannell has ended his long association with Glanmire Basketball Club to take up the position as Head Coach of Men’s SuperLeague outfit Neptune.

The vastly experienced coach takes the helm at the Neptune Stadium following Pat Price’s decision to opt for a return to coaching in his native USA.

Scannell enjoyed an incredible trophy haul during his time at the famous Cork women’s club, claiming a record total of 17 national titles. Some of his highlights in recent years include Glanmire’s SuperLeague club, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, claiming two consecutive doubles (SuperLeague & National Cup) in 2008 and 2009.

His record at national league level saw him appointed as the Head Coach of the Irish Senior Women’s side in 2008. It almost proved to be another glorious chapter in his coaching career as Ireland just missed out on qualification to the top tier of European basketball.

“It was a very difficult decision to leave Glanmire,” said Scannell. “It was an unforgettable journey and I would like to thank everyone at the club for their support. I was very lucky to coach a wonderful bunch of players and they deserve all the credit for the success we enjoyed. It is the right time for me to move and take on the challenge of a club like Neptune.

“Neptune is the biggest club in the country and I believe they should be challenging for the major honours each year,” added Scannell. “Pat (Price) did a great job getting them to the league final last season and hopefully we can build on that progress. They have an excellent structure in place at the club and I’m relishing getting started.”

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