Corry Black couldn’t recall who sent him the email a couple of weeks ago to inform him that the Pacelli boys basketball job was open.
He is pretty sure they expected him to forward to his contacts in the high school basketball community.
But the more he thought about it the more it sounded like a job he would apply for, and late last week, the Vikings hired him as their head coach. Pacelli has been without a head coach since Alan Griffin resigned in late April.
“I got a great feeling,” Black said of meeting the 25 or so players who attended a get-together Tuesday to introduce him as the new head coach. “I was really impressed with the number of players and the enthusiasm given that they had not had a coach for a couple of months.”
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Black will face a massive rebuilding job. Griffin led Pacelli to a 17-10 record last season and the school’s first berth in the state quarterfinals. He earned the Ledger-Enquirer’s small school Boys Coach of the Year honors.
That team averaged 68 points a game and 65 of those points graduated.
“It will be a rebuilding process,” Black said. “But it should be a lot of fun.”
Pacelli athletic director Buster Connally said, “He solidifies our program. He will take the athletes we have and build on their talents. We are really excited to able to bring in someone with his talent and passion for basketball.”
Black was an assistant coach at Southern Union Community College (2000-02), Columbus State (2004-08) and Chattahoochee Valley Community College (2008-09). He was also a coach with the Georgia Blazers, an AAU team based in Columbus.
Since 2009, Black has worked with high school and junior college players to reach the next level through CB Hoops at cbblackhoops.com.
“When I looked at it, I slow down from November through March,” Black said. “I still go to basketball games, so I thought why not go to games at Pacelli.
“I am still passionate about coaching and helping kids. And I don’t have to move or move my family.”
Black also works at Northside High with its in school suspension program. He had to get permission from Northside, Pacelli, the Muscogee County School System and the Georgia High School Association.
High schools basketball teams in Georgia can start preseason practices on Oct. 31. November 15 is the earliest date for a game.