Bishop Ludden honors long-time boys hoops coach Pat Donnelly for 30-year run

Bishop Ludden boys basketball coach Pat Donnelly waves to the crowd after being honored prior to Tuesday's game with Westhill.

For the past 30 years, Bishop Ludden high school has had only one head coach of its boys basketball program.

Pat Donnelly, a pillar in the Ludden community, will retire following the season.

So, in dedication and honor of his 30-year run with the Gaelic Knights, the high school recognized Donnelly with a video, standing ovation and dozens of his former players greeting him with a banner prior to Tuesday night's home game with Westhill.

Donnelly took the microphone and spoke to the capacity crowd, highlighting his favorite memories as head coach.

"Lastly, to you guys," Donnelly announced in the direction of his former players standing at midcourt, "I'm only here because of you. Every coach who's worth anything has had good players and I've had great players who've turned into great people.

"Thank you for all you've done, thank you for tonight and let's enjoy the basketball game," he concluded.

Donnelly will be replaced by Bishop Ludden Athletic Director, Gallagher Driscoll, as head coach of the boys basketball program next season.

The Gaelic Knights went on to defeat Westhill, 64-55.

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