Peter Shaw, the former Leicester Riders head coach and long-time stalwart behind the scenes, has died after a brief battle with cancer the club has confirmed.

Shaw was one the Riders stars in the 70s

Shaw, a one-time England and Great Britain international, was still a regular presence at John Sanford Centre and remained involved with the Riders up to his death this weekend.

Shaw was a founding member of the club, having attended the meeting that setup the Loughborough All Stars in April 1967 and played in the team’s first ever game six weeks later. He was also one of the country’s most respected basketball coaches and as a player represented both England and Great Britain.

 After playing for seven seasons with the team, including claiming a Great Britain Club Championship title in 1969, Shaw became the club’s coach in 1974. He was a fixture of the sidelines for much of the next 15 years.

 “It’s a terrible loss for the club and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Riders are with Janet and the Shaw family at this time,” said Riders’ Director Kevin Routledge. “I’ve known Peter for over 35 years as a player, a coach and a friend and you couldn’t wish to meet a nicer person.

 “His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport was boundless and his love for the club was there for all to see. Even in the last few weeks, when he was really quite poorly, he still made the journey from his home in Nottingham to watch the Riders. Peter gave over 40-years commitment to the club and we are indebted to him for that. He will be sadly missed this and every Saturday night at John Sandford.”

 Arguably the club’s most successful coach of all-time, Shaw guided the team to two Founders’ Cups, the Division Two and National Trophy double and twice helped them qualify for the European Korac Cup, whilst also being named Coach of the Year in 1974/75.

 The highlight of his time as Head Coach was probably the 1981/82 season when, back in the national league after a two-year hiatus, Leicester romped to the Division Two title undefeated and knocked off three first division sides to reach the Cup semi-final.

 During the 1980s he was the club’s assistant coach, reaching the Cup Final in 1984. As top man he won 60 of his 101 games, whilst during his time as assistant he enjoyed a further 132 successes at a win percentage close to 70%. In all he made around 400 appearances for the club over 20-plus years.

 In 1991 he was appointed the club’s Director of Coaching and took a keen interest in the development of local young talent. In recent years he has been a part of the club’s match-night team.

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