Greensboro, NC (8/4/05) -- Guilford College Director of Athletics Marion Kirby announced the hiring of Nick Black as the school's head baseball coach Thursday. Black replaces Gene Baker who resigned last month after eight years at Guilford to accept a teaching and administrative position in Nashville, TN.
Black becomes the 17th coach in the 116-year history of Guilford's baseball program. He takes over after serving as a Quakers' assistant coach for three seasons, during which time the team went 71-50 and made two trips to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament. A 2002 Guilford graduate, Black lettered four years as the team's catcher. He started three of four years behind the plate, but missed his junior season with a broken wrist, during which time he called pitches from the dugout. He captained the team as a senior and graduated with a .313 batting average and 56 runs batted in in 103 games. Black caught a no-hitter in 2000 and earned Academic All-ODAC honors in 2002. He earned his Guilford degree in exercise and sports studies with a concentration in sports administration.
Born in Little Rock, AR, and raised in Charlotte, NC, Black played baseball for Providence High School and helped the Panthers to two conference titles and a state finals berth.
The Guilford job is Black's first head-coaching position. He assisted the Matthews (NC) American Legion baseball squad in 1999 and the Kernersville (NC) Junior American Legion team this summer. Black served as the assistant strength coach at Furman for seven months after his graduation from Guilford.
Black and his wife, Heather '03, a former Guilford soccer player, reside in Greensboro.
Black inherits a squad with 25 returning letter winners, including the 2005 team's top five hitters and top two pitchers. Last season's team went 24-17 and finished in third place in the ODAC.