Norman Black

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Norman Black
Meralco Bolts
Head Coach
Personal information
Born (1957-11-12) November 12, 1957 (age 56)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Cardinal Gibbons (Baltimore, Maryland)
College Saint Joseph's (1975–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Undrafted
Pro career 1979–1997
Career history
As player:
1979–1982 Lancaster Red Roses/Philadelphia Kings (CBA)
1980 Detroit Pistons
1981 Tefilin (PBA)
1982, 1989 San Miguel Beermen (PBA)
1985 Magnolia Quench Plus (PBA)
As coach:
1985-1996 San Miguel Beermen (PBA)
1997 Mobiline Phone Pals (PBA)
1997-1999 Pop Cola 800s (PBA)
2000-2002 Sta. Lucia Realtors (PBA)
2005-2012 Ateneo Blue Eagles (UAAP)
2011-present Gilas Pilipinas (assistant coach)
2012-2014 Talk N' Text Tropang Texters (PBA)
2014-present Meralco Bolts (PBA)

Norman Augustus Black (born November 12, 1957) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the CBA, NBA, and PBA. He 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 has also coached the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP. In 2012, he agreed to become the head coach for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters once the UAAP season ended. [1]

Career[edit]

High school, college, NBA and CBA career[edit]

Black played high school basketball for the Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore where he graduated in 1975. [2] 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 1979-1982 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[edit]

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 could not 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 did not 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[edit]

"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 winningest 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 longtime assistant, and friend Alfrancis Chua elevated as the new coach of the team.

TV commentator[edit]

During his coaching days, Black was even hired by PBA TV broadcasters as a guest analyst of selected games. After leaving Sta. Lucia in 2003, Black was hired by new TV network National Broadcasting Network as their analyst 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 broadcaster, 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.

Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach[edit]

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 they were eliminated by the De 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 NU 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 the defending champions La Salle by sweeping the series with Ateneo winning, 69-61 in Game 1, and, 62-51 in Game 2.This was the Ateneo's first UAAP title since winning it in 2002 . Months later, Black coached the Blue Eagles to another championship in the annual Philippine University Games, defeating the EAC 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 UE 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 FEU 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 (good for solo 2nd place and the last twice-to-beat advantage), a victory over the Adamson Falcons in the semifinals, and a sweep of the FEU Tamaraws in the finals, with a 72-49 blowout victory in Game 1 and a 65-62 title-clinching victory in Game 2 (in which the Eagles were threatened throughout the game). 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.

In 2012, months before the opening of the 75th season of the UAAP Black announced that he would be leaving the Ateneo Blue Eagles right after UAAP Season 75 to go to the pros and to takeover the coaching duties of the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters from Coach Chot Reyes, who would be leaving the team to coach the Smart Gilas II.[4] At the end of the UAAP season, the Blue Eagles won another championship, their fifth in a row.[5]

Back to coaching in the PBA[edit]

Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (2012-2014)[edit]

After winning five straight titles for Ateneo, he's back to coaching in the PBA again, this time, with the star-studded Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.[6] While coaching the Texters, he became the latest member of the 500-win coaching club.[7] He also guided the Texters to their third-straight All-Filipino crown for the 2012-13 PBA season.[8]

Meralco Bolts (2014-present)[edit]

The MVP group reshuffles the coaching staffs. Black assign to be a coach for the Meralco Bolts. Uichico replace him as a coach for the Talk 'N Text.

Collegiate record[edit]

Season Team Eliminations Playoffs
W L PCT Finish PG W L PCT Results
2005 Ateneo 10 4 .714 3rd 2 1 1 .500 Won over UE in the 3rd-seed playoff,Lost to La Salle in the Semifinals
2006 Ateneo 10 2 .833 2nd 4 2 2 .500 Won over Adamson in the Semifinals,Lost to UST in the Finals
2007 Ateneo 9 5 .643 3rd 4 2 2 .500 Won over UST in the First Round,Lost to La Salle in the Semifinals
2008 Ateneo 13 1 .929 1st 3 3 0 1.000 Won over UE in the Semifinals,Won over La Salle in the Finals
2009 Ateneo 13 1 .929 1st 4 3 1 .750 Won over UST in the Semifinals,Won over UE in the Finals
2010 Ateneo 10 4 .714 1st 3 3 0 1.000 Won over Adamson in the Semifinals,Won over FEU in the Finals
2011 Ateneo 13 1 .929 1st 3 3 0 1.000 Won over UST in the Semifinals,Won over FEU in the Finals
2012 Ateneo 12 2 .857 1st 3 3 0 1.000 Won over La Salle in the Semifinals,Won over UST in the Finals
Totals 90 20 .818 26 20 6 .769 5 championships

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Preceded by
Derrick Pumaren
San Miguel Beermen head coach
1987-1996
Succeeded by
Ron Jacobs
Preceded by
Robert Jaworski
Philippine national basketball team Asian Games head coach
1994
Succeeded by
Tim Cone
Preceded by
Yeng Guiao
Chot Reyes
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters/Mobiline Cellulars head coach
1997; 2012-2014
Succeeded by
Tommy Manotoc
Jong Uichico
Preceded by
Turo Valenzona
Pop Cola 800's head coach
1997-1999
Succeeded by
Chot Reyes
Preceded by
Adonis Tierra
Sta. Lucia Realtors head coach
2000-2002
Succeeded by
Alfrancis Chua
Preceded by
Sandy Arespacochaga
Ateneo Blue Eagles men's basketball head coach
2005-2012
Succeeded by
Bo Perasol
Preceded by
Ryan Gregorio
Meralco Bolts head coach
2014-present
Succeeded by
current