Author: Ronan Gaine
Following his unexpected passing, I will take a look back on the life and career of legendary presenter Kevin Cadle. A huge Football and Basketball man, the Buffalo native presented NFL & NBA coverage on Sky Sports for over 15 years
Born in Buffalo, New York in 1955, Cadle grew up living across the road from the Bills old War Memorial Stadium and thus became a lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills. After playing basketball in high school he earned a scholarship to Penn State University. He then moved into the coaching world and moved to the U.K where he enjoyed great success over a 13 year period. (1984-1997)
During a coaching career in Scotland and England, he won 30 titles and eight coach of the year awards as well as winning over 300 games. He coached both Scotland’s and England’s national basketball teams, as well as leading the Great Britain team for the 1992 Olympics qualifying tournament. He retired in 1997 as the most successful coach in U.K basketball history. Following his retirement, he joined the Sky Sports team.
Cadle started out as NBA & NFL Europe presenter before moving to the NFL in 1998. Sky Sports Managing Director said of Cadle: “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.” Kevin brought warmth and fun to his role as the anchor for Sky Sports NFL’s coverage. Skys current NFL presenter Neil Reynolds described him as his “mentor, colleague and friend.” The big man had a huge impact on all he came in contact with and all that welcomed him into their homes on Sunday night. He played a vital role in the growing popularity of NFL in the U.K and Ireland and he will be missed.