Marriott was an inspirational figure and positively influenced so many players and coaches in the South West and beyond.
He played a key role in the development of the Trowbridge and Bristol basketball programmes and would use every opportunity to promote the sport he loved, whether that was through training sessions or charity work.
In 2014, Marriott founded the Trowbridge Basketball League, allowing opportunities for young players of all levels to come together from the local community to play the game.
He also contributed in the formation of the Matthew Bromley Foundation and would help identify young basketball athletes in the area that would benefit from its assistance.
Vince was most recently involved with the Flyers junior programme as assistant coach for the under-14s Jnr. NBL side.
The Flyers' BBL coaching staff wanted to pay their own tribute to a man who was so instrumental in the development of basketball in the area.
Assistant coach Nick Burns said: "Everyone that I have spoken to in the basketball community who knew Vince is deeply saddened by his loss.
"As a coach, his attention to detail, his patience, his persistence, and the support he showed for his players and coaching colleagues was second to none.
"From a personal standpoint, he impressed upon me the relationship between doing things the right way and getting results: if you do things the right way, you get results; if you focus on getting results, you end up doing things the wrong way.
"More importantly, he was simply a lovely man. I can’t remember him having a bad word for anyone and he was always able to hide his frustrations with his ready sense of humour.
"You always came away from a conversation with Vince feeling better about the world. We will all miss him.”
Flyers' assistant coach Chris Bourne, who worked alongside Vince coaching the club’s U14s and U16s age groups added: "It was an honour to know and work closely with Vince.”
"He was a very special man, who had a big impact on the lives of so many of us. His ability to support and relate to players and coaches of all ages, abilities and backgrounds was truly unique.
"He really cared about the development of others, sharing his experience and taking the time to know us as people. A great role model and leader, he brought enthusiasm, positivity and calmness to any situation and loved nothing more than to be on court teaching the younger generations.
"I and everyone that knew him will miss him deeply, but his legacy will continue in all of us that had the great fortune to call him a coach, a mentor and a friend.”
Flyers' head coach Andreas Kapoulas first met Marriott over 20 years ago whilst studying at the University of Bath and echoed the words of Burns and Bourne.
"Vince has meant so much to so many of us and will be greatly missed,” he said.
"There are so many fond memories we have of him and these will stay with us forever. He was an inspirational coach, supportive mentor, a caring friend and a truly great family man.
"We would like to do something in the future to honour his legacy once the COVID restrictions ease, but for now the club will be holding a minute’s silence in memory of Vince ahead of Friday’s BBL game against the Sheffield Sharks.
"On behalf of everyone at the club, we would like to offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to Vince’s family in this very difficult time. Rest in peace, coach."
Messages have flooded in from the British basketball community across social media, recognising both his impact as a basketball coach and his qualities as a person.
With great sadness, we want to inform our Flyers family of the passing of Vince Marriott.— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) April 12, 2021
Vince has been inspirational and a positive influence to so many of our players and coaches and will be greatly missed.
Our deepest condolences are with his family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/9K7yky5VT5
Deepest condolences to Vince’s family & the wider Flyers community 🙏— Joe Pinchin (@JoePinchin) April 13, 2021
Basketball for me started with his junior sessions - I will always be grateful for his passion and his part in helping start this crazy journey. https://t.co/KWktuRDkEi
Played a pivotal part in my career as a player - rest easy Vince. https://t.co/sgD10MJoxk— Barry (@Barry_lamble) April 13, 2021
Incredibly sad news...a great coach...even better person...🇬🇧🏀💔 https://t.co/1fk8qMDuh0— Jay Marriott (@coachmarriott) April 13, 2021
Very sad news. A truly great guardian of the game. Please pass on my condolences to Vince’s family. https://t.co/GrjIDNMioP— Brian Aldred (@BrianAldred) April 12, 2021
I Appreciate what you did for me coach you will be dearly missed by everyone at the club and my condolences are with his family ❤️🙌🏼RIP coach https://t.co/a6iOe81dM2— fin k (@finlay_kitching) April 12, 2021
💔Meant so much to so many of us. Rest in peace Vince. You will be greatly missed https://t.co/ZoG4UUPwqb— Andreas Kapoulas (@CoachKapoulas) April 12, 2021
A huge loss to his family & our Flyers family.— Zoë ☺️🗣 (@Zoe_Th0mpson) April 12, 2021
Can't remember ever walking past him without him checking in and making conversation.
Definitely had an impact on all he came into contact with 💜 https://t.co/nPvbbwH08v
We called it ‘Flyers Family’ because of people like Vince.— Roy (@RoyOwen) April 12, 2021
Every practice I got to would start with a conversation with Vince. He always had time for anyone and always knew which young player needed the most support.
His legacy will live on in the Bristol basketball community. https://t.co/ElUnp3rKCu