Former Guilford catcher Nick Black '02 enters his 11th season as the Quakers' head baseball coach. Through his first 10 years, he has coached 22 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honorees and one two-time All-American.
Black guided John Macon Smith '14 to multiple All-American honors in the first baseman's senior season in 2014. Smith earned First Team Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division III baseball honors, and earned Third Team All-American honors from American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), becoming Guilford's fifth baseball All-American.
In Black's first season in 2006, Guilford finished with a 24-18 record and had pitcher Logan Collier '07 drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 37th round. The Quakers were also honored with five All-ODAC selections, including two first-team picks and three all-region players that spring. Three years later, Black’s squad set a school record with a .348 batting average thanks in part to Kyle Wooden ’11, who led all NCAA divisions with a school-record with a .514 batting average in his sophomore campaign. Wooden earned Second-Team All-American honors and First Team All-ODAC laurels in 2009 and as a senior captured ODAC Player of the Year and Second Team All-America recognition.
Wooden later signed with the Karlskoga Bats of Sweden and became the latest of Black's former players to continue their baseball careers after Guilford. Bryan Bialecki '11 (Australia), Ben Bizier '07 (Germany) and Collier (U.S. minor leagues) are others.
Black, who is 163-188-1 in nine seasons, became the 17th coach in the 125-year history of Guilford's baseball program in August 2005. He took 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 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 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 sport studies with a concentration in sport administration.
Born in Little Rock, Ark., and raised in Charlotte, N.C., 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 previously assisted the Matthews (N.C.) American Legion and the Kernersville (N.C.) Junior American Legion teams. A certified strength and conditioning coach, Black served as the assistant strength coach at Furman University for seven months after his graduation from Guilford.
Black and his wife, Heather '03, a former Guilford soccer player, reside in Greensboro. The couple has a daughter named Aubrey.