Kevin Cadle, former basketball coach and Sky presenter, dies aged 62

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<span class="element-image__caption">Kevin Cadle, coaching the London Towers in 1997.</span> <span class="element-image__credit">Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images</span>
Kevin Cadle, coaching the London Towers in 1997. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images

Kevin Cadle, the former Great Britain basketball coach and longtime NFL and NBA broadcaster with Sky Sports, has died at the age of 62.

The American coached the Scotland and England basketball teams as well as leading Britain’s team at the qualification tournament for the 1992 Olympics.

In a domestic coaching career that also brought him 30 titles, including five British Basketball Championships, Cadle had spells in charge of Glasgow, Kingston, Guildford and London Towers.

The British Basketball League led the tributes on Monday morning, tweeting: “We are shocked and saddened to hear that #BritishBasketball has lost a true legend in Kevin Cadle. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

NFL UK added: “We are shocked & saddened to hear of the death of Kevin Cadle, a great friend of #NFLUK for so long. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”

Alongside his coaching career, Cadle was a popular figure on Sky Sports and was the face of the NFL and NBA for many in the UK. “Kevin presented our NFL and basketball coverage for over 15 years and he did so much to inform and entertain the growing fan bases these sports enjoy in the UK and Ireland,” said the Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis. “In a week that will see yet another NFL sell-out crowd on these shores, we should recognise the impact he made. He was a great guy, an excellent colleague and we will all miss him very much. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”

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