After guiding the club to their most successful period in their 50 year history Colin O Reilly will be stepping down as head Coach of UCC Demons. Since his appointment as player coach in 2013 Colin has brought the club to a level that we have not experienced before. As player coach he guided the team to 7 out of 9 trophies including back to back league titles, O’Reilly had a 91% win rate in his 3 years & guided the team to the history making unbeaten season of 2014/2015. We are saddened to lose a player & coach of Colin’s caliber but we wish him all the best as he furthers his coaching career and hopefully we will see back in the club in the future.
Jim Dineen – UCC Demons Chairman
“As a club we had mixed feelings when Colin told us he would not be continuing as the Premier League Coach of UCC Demons. We were disappointed to lose such a dedicated and progressive mentor and yet delighted that he is furthering his coaching career at a higher level. He brought a level of professionalism to our club that we hadn’t experienced before, this came as a result of the exposure he experienced both in the UK and Europe during his playing career. The achievement of winning 7 National titles in 3 seasons was unprecedented, the club, members and management are most grateful and wish Colin every success in his future coaching role wherever it maybe”
Colin O Reilly
“It’s been a really enjoyable three years and I’d like to thank the club committee & fans. Assistants Timmy and Troy, Team manager Pat Keane and most importantly the players, The players sacrificed everything to make the team what it was. Individual accolades were secondary in what we were trying to achieve. Each player bought into the culture of selflessness needed to ensure the success of the team. When I took the Demons job 3 summers ago I always had a 3 year cycle in mind for us to achieve our goals. We wanted to become the top team in the country, wanted to put together an entertaining product on the floor and we wanted to develop our players so that when this cycle ended we could say the team is in a much better place than when we started”
The club will now begin the process of appointing Colin’s successor for the coming season and once completed an update will appear on the website.
Colin is also the player coach of the Irish Senior Men’s Team who compete in the European Small Nations in Moldova next week and we wish him along with Kyle Hosford, Ciaran & Adrian O Sullivan the very best of luck as they represent their country for the 1st time.