Many Nix fans will recognise O’Reilly from having previously played for the club between 2009 and 2012, as well as a further season at Plymouth University Raiders.

“It’s very exciting to have been hired to coach the Phoenix,” stated O’Reilly after being appointed.

“Having spent three years at the club previously, I have a great appreciation for how dedicated the fans are to the club and how important the club is to the Cheshire Community.

“My job now is to ensure I put together the backroom staff which will help build a culture of continuous improvement throughout the squad.

“I am looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait for the first pre-season session where as a group, we can start creating an identity which embodies the Cheshire community spirit.”

Whilst away from the BBL, O’Reilly returned to his home town of Cork and joined UCC Demons in the Irish Basketball Superleague as their player-coach.

During this time, the UCC Demons won numerous trophies, whilst O’Reilly himself won Player and Coach of the Year awards. He is also currently the player-coach of the Irish men’s national team.

Cheshire Phoenix General Manager, James Brice added, “It’s great news that Colin has agreed to become our new Head Coach.

“After meeting with Colin, it was clear to us that he was the man for the job.

“We have secured a young, ambitious coach who knows the club and the league well and will install a winning culture right through our Junior and Community programme and BBL team.”

Recruitment for the 2016-17 season is underway and news regarding players and fixtures will be announced soon.

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