Al Black’s involvement in high school athletics in North Carolina came in five different decades and at a number of schools. A graduate of Lillington High School, Black went on to Campbell College and then graduated from Wake Forest in 1951. His high school coaching career included stops at Anderson Creek (1954-59), Boone Trail (1959-75), Coats (1977-80), Topsail (1980-84) and Western Harnett (1990-93). At Boone Trail his teams won 20 conference championships in four different sports as he compiled an 84-50 mark in football a 264-77 slate in men’s basketball and a 263-90 baseball record in addition to serving as athletic director. A former member of the NCHSAA Board of Directors, Black coached in the amazing game that went 13 overtimes, still a national record. Black also had a couple of stints as an assistant basketball and baseball coach at Campbell.
July 8, 2019