Tributes pour in for former basketball Association president Marland Nattie
Tributes continues to pour in from members of the local basketball fraternity which has been plunged into mourning since the passing of former Jamaica Basketball Association President Marland Nattie.
Nattie who suffered a stroke recently, died on Saturday night in Georgia.
He served as general secretary under then president Phillip pile, before taking over the reins of the Jamaica basketball association when pile stepped down, in 1997.
As the longest serving president, Nattie was president of J.A.B.A from 1997 to 2008, and served as head of the local association when Jamaica hosted the 1997 junior Caricom basketball league.
The current president of JABA Paulton Gordon says Nattie was a Stalwart
Nattie served as manager and coach of the now defunct former division one champions mustangs basketball team between 1995 to 1998. he was the former coach of the Waulgrovian bullets in the JABA Women’s Basketball league.
Nattie was instrumental in getting a short run radio programme called J.A.B,A dunk on air that featured basketball related news back in 1999, and also served as coach of majesty legend.
The Jamaica basketball community is deeply saddened by the loss of Marland Nattie, former President and current Vice President.
On the JABA website, a tribute reads, “Marland devoted a significant portion of his life to basketball, both locally and regionally. He began as a player, representing his Alma Mater Kingston College back in the day before transitioning to playing for Jamaica’s national team and eventually coaching the National Women’s team. From there, Marland moved into administration, serving in various roles, including President, Vice President, and General Secretary “.