Norman Black

Norman Black
Norman Black
No. 50; 24
Power forward/Small forward
Personal information
Date of birth November 12, 1957 (1957-11-12) (age 54)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
High school Cardinal Gibbons
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College Saint Joseph's
Pro career 1978–1997
Career history
Stats at

Norman Augustus Black (born November 12, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American retired professional basketball player in the CBA, NBA, and PBA who has since settled in the Philippines. He is also a former head coach of the San Miguel Beermen, Mobiline Phone Pals, Pop Cola 800s, and Sta. Lucia Realtors. He is currently the head coach of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP.



High school, college, NBA and CBA career

Black played high school basketball for the Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore where he graduated in 1975. [1] He then played for Saint Joseph's College in Pennsylvania from 1975-1979, averaging 17 points per game in his playing career.[1] Black later played in Continental Basketball Association from 1978-1982 for the Lancaster Red Roses and the Philadelphia Kings.[1] He also played for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association, but played only three games in the 1980-81 season, averaging 2.7 points per game.[1]

PBA career

In 1981, Black was playing in the Detroit Pistons' summer basketball league when he was offered a job on the other side of the world. "Jimmy Mariano, who was coach of Great Taste at the time, asked me if I wanted to come over and play in the Philippines," says Black. The lure of guaranteed money, something the Pistons couldn't offer then, helped change Norman Black's life in a way he could never have imagined.[2] However, by the time Black returned Mariano’s call, Big Lew Massey had taken the job. But it didn’t take long before another Philippine Basketball Association club came calling. Tefilin’s General Manager Frank Harn offered the same contract as Mariano and Black immediately took the offer.[3]

In 1981, Black made his PBA debut for Tefilin. In 14 games, Black averaged an outstanding 51 point per game, but he failed to lead his team to a championship. Black returned to the Philippines in 1982, playing 66 games for San Miguel Beer and averaged close to 43 points per contest. With Black, locals Yoyong Martirez, Manny Paner, Marte Saldaña, and head coach Tommy Manotoc, San Miguel won the 1982 Invitational tournament against guest South Korea. In 1983, Black played for Great Taste Coffee and averaged 38 points in 49 games played. Always considered an intelligent as well as a hard-working player, Black became the recipient of the very first "Mr. 100% Award" in that season. Sportscaster Pinggoy Pengson dubbed him "That Old Black Magic" after a song from the 1950s.

Two years later, Black returned to play for Magnolia Quench Plus, norming 43.5 points per game, while scoring his career best 76 points. After Magnolia (later San Miguel Beer), left the league for a while, he played for rookie squad Alaska, after former Magnolia players were put in the new franchise. After a short while, Black returned to San Miguel as their playing coach in some import laiden conferences while acting as a full time coach in the All-Filipino Conferences. In 1989, he played and coached the Beermen to a rare grandslam, the third in PBA history. In 1990, Black played his last complete season as a player before finally focusing his duties as head coach in 1991.

Coaching career

"It was former ambassador Danding Cojuangco who asked me to become a head coach in 1985," Black relates, "I had no desire to be a coach back then." He went on to say that the former ambassador probably heard something in Black's voice while he was doing some analysis for the TV broadcast of the PBA that made Cojuangco believe Black would be suited for coaching.[2]

Black's coaching career started around 1985 and 1986, as a playing coach. But by 1987, he became San Miguel's full-time coach until 1996, when Black left the Beermen. He won nine championships as head coach of San Miguel including a Grandslam in 1989 making San Miguel the winnigest team in the PBA, coaching some of the best players in PBA history such as superstars Samboy Lim, Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, Ramon Fernandez, Ricky Brown, Ato Agustin and role players Alvin Teng, Yves Dignadice, Art dela Cruz, Franz Pumaren, Elmer Reyes, Jeffrey Graves, Pido Jarencio, Bobby Jose, Romy Lopez, Josel Angeles, Ricky Cui, Kevin Ramas, Bong Ravena, and Dong Polistico. In 1994, he was named head coach of the Philippine Team in the Hiroshima Asian Games, after the Beermen won the All-Filipino Cup. However, the country went home without a medal in basketball, after placing fourth. In 1996, with San Miguel needing an import, Black played as a temporary import for the Beermen and scored 15 points.

After almost a decade with San Miguel, Black became the head coach of the young Mobiline Phone Pals in 1997. But after the Commissioner's Cup, Black became the coach of the struggling Pop Cola squad. He led the 800's to two third place finishes with Vergel Meneses, Bonel Balingit, and Kenneth Duremdes on the team. Black also suited up for Pop Cola, probably his last PBA game, in a third place game against Shell. He scored 10 points, including a three-pointer, that gave the 800s its second consecutive third place run. In 1999, Pop Cola struggled all through, including a terrible 0-8 finish in the Governor's Cup. Black left Pop Cola after the season before being hired as Sta. Lucia Realtors head coach.

In 2000, Black led Sta. Lucia to its first finals appearance, losing to San Miguel in five games of the Commissioner's Cup. However, a year later, Black coached the Realtors to its first championship, defeating the Beermen in the season ending Governor's Cup. After the 2002 season, Black resigned as head coach of the Realtors with long time assistant, and friend Alfrancis Chua elevated as the new coach of the team.

TV commentator

During his coaching days, Black was even hired by PBA TV coverors as guest analysts of selected games. After leaving Sta. Lucia in 2003, Black was hired by new TV network National Broadcasting Network as its analysts for PBA games. Black normally was paired with Mico Halili and did quite well as a commentator, often mixing a Tagalog word to his English analysis.

After NBN was dropped as TV coveror, Black was absorbed by new TV network Associated Broadcasting Company. Black normally pairs with Halili, Ed Picson, and Paolo Trillo. During the 2005-2006 and the 2006-2007 season, Black was seen every Sunday on the halftime segment "Black's Board" where he dished out the week's highlights around the league and Philippine basketball as well.

He also did several shoots about basketball basics in a segment called Burlington Basketball 101 for ABC's pregame show known as PBA Gamebol. Outside of commentary, Black is known as an endorser for Burlington, a known sock product.

Currently, he is one of the color commentators for PBA on Studio 23 coverage.

Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach

In 2004, Black was hired by the Ateneo Blue Eagles as its team consultant. But after a disappointing 2004 season, in which the Blue Eagles finished third under Sandy Arespacochaga, school officials hired Black as the Blue Eagles' new head coach for the 2005 campaign, the 35th coach in its history.

Black led the Blue Eagles to a 10-4 win-loss record in his first season, but was eliminated by the La Salle Green Archers, who had a twice to beat advantage against them.

In the 69th season, Black led the Blue Eagles to a 10-2 win-loss slate, the best record in the elimination round. After defeating the Adamson Falcons in the Final Four, Ateneo battled the UST Growling Tigers in a grueling three game series. Black designed a play in their Game 1 victory. The play was a long inbound pass by Macky Escalona who found a wide-open Kramer underneath the basket for the victory. However, despite the historic Game 1 victory, they were unable to win the championship. They lost to the Tigers in Game 2 by a large margin, and then in Game 3 in overtime.

In 2007, during the UAAP's 70th season, in spite of a lack of talent, Black led the Eagles to a 9-5 standing. However, the Blue Eagles still lost in crucial games; they were unable to secure the No. 2 Seed due to their loss to the National University Bulldogs, and lost to the returning De La Salle Green Archers in a battle for the No. 2 seed, which would have given them a twice to beat advantage had they won. Instead, they settled for the No. 3 seed, and were able to eliminate the defending champions UST Growling Tigers. The Blue Eagles then forced a do-or-die game against La Salle in the semifinals but lost.

Later that year, Black coached the Blue Eagles to winning the 2007 Collegiate Champions League national basketball title, where they defeated the University of the Visayas Green Lancers.

In 2008, for season 71 of the UAAP, Black led the Blue Eagles to a 13-1 elimination round record, and won the championship over La Salle in Game 2 of the Finals. This was the Ateneo's first UAAP title since winning in 2002 . Months later, Black coached the Blue Eagles to another championship in the annual Philippine University Games, defeating the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

In 2009, Black coached the Blue Eagles to three titles. In UAAP Season 72, the Blue Eagles won their second straight UAAP Men's Basketball Championship, won against the University of the East Red Warriors, and again with a 13-1 win loss record. This was followed by back-to-back titles in the University Games, this time won against St. Francis of Assisi College. The third title was the Blue Eagles' second national championship under his tutelage in the 2009 Philippine Collegiate Championship, the successor to the Collegiate Champions League, where they defeated the Far Eastern University Tamaraws

Black celebrating his first three-peat with Ateneo players

In 2010, he won his first three-peat as a coach for Ateneo Blue Eagles for UAAP Season 73, duplicating the Grand Slam feat when he was a coach for San Miguel Beermen in 1989. Black led the Blue Eagles to a 10-4 win-loss record in the eliminations (the 2nd best record after the eliminations) , a victory over the Adamson Falcons in the semifinals , and a sweep of the FEU Tamaraws in the finals, A dominating 72-49 victory in Game 1 and a hardly contested 65-62 title-clinching Game 2 victory. Later that year, Black coached the Blue Eagles to winning the 2010 Philippine Collegiate Championship title, this time against the Adamson Falcons, earning his team their third national championship under his tutelage.

In 2011, Norman Black once again steered the Ateneo Blue Eagles to a rare Four-peat as head coach for UAAP Season 74, joining the UST Growling Tigers and the De La Salle Green Archers as the only schools to win four basketball titles in a row since the Final Four started in 1994. Under Black, the Blue Eagles finished the eliminations with a 13-1 win-loss record. They faced the UST Growling Tigers in the Final Four, with Ateneo winning, 69-66. Later on in the Finals, it was a rematch against their previous year's opponent, the FEU Tamaraws. Once again, Black and the Ateneo Blue Eagles swept the series, with Ateneo winning, 82-64 in Game 1, and, 82-69 in Game 2.

Collegiate record

Season Team Eliminations Playoffs
W L PCT Finish PG W L PCT Results
2005 ADMU 10 4 .714 3rd 2 1 1 .500 Won over UE in the 3rd-seed playoff,Lost to La Salle in the Semifinals
2006 ADMU 10 2 .833 1st 4 2 2 .500 Won over Adamson in the Semifinals,Lost to UST in the Finals
2007 ADMU 9 5 .643 3rd 4 2 2 .500 Won over UST in the First Round,Lost to La Salle in the Semifinals
2008 ADMU 13 1 .929 1st 3 3 0 1.000 Won over UE in the Semifinals,Won over La Salle in the Finals
2009 ADMU 13 1 .929 1st 4 3 1 .750 Won over UST in the Semifinals,Won over UE in the Finals
2010 ADMU 10 4 .714 2nd 3 3 0 1.000 Won over Adamson in the Semifinals,Won over FEU in the Finals
2011 ADMU 13 1 .929 1st 3 3 0 1.000 Won over UST in the Semifinals,Won over FEU in the Finals
Totals 78 18 .812 23 17 6 .739 4 championships


External links

Preceded by
Derrick Pumaren
San Miguel Beermen head coach
Succeeded by
Ron Jacobs
Preceded by
Robert Jaworski
Philippine national basketball team Asian Games head coach
Succeeded by
Tim Cone
Preceded by
Yeng Guiao
Mobiline Cellulars head coach
Succeeded by
Tommy Manotoc
Preceded by
Turo Valenzona
Pop Cola 800's head coach
Succeeded by
Chot Reyes
Preceded by
Adonis Tierra
Sta. Lucia Realtors head coach
Succeeded by
Alfrancis Chua
Preceded by
Sandy Arespacochaga
Ateneo Blue Eagles men's basketball head coach
Succeeded by

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