Saturday, February 18, 2012

End Of An Era: Norman Black To Step Down As Ateneo Blue Eagles Coach

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors, August 25, 2011
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]

It's official: the upcoming UAAP Season 75 will be Norman Black's last as head coach of the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Below is the announcement from Ateneo de Manila president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ. It needs to be here; today will be remembered (by the Ateneo community, at least) as, in more ways than one, a Black Saturday.
18 February 2012

Memo to : The University Community

From : The President

Subject : Search committee for new head coach in basketball

It is with regret that I inform the community that Coach Norman Black, who we all know has been such an outstanding coach for the Ateneo Blue Eagles these last seven years, has indicated his desire to return to the PBA where he hopes to replicate his successful system. Having been at the PBA before, he is in a way coming full circle with this move.

I am pleased however to tell you that Coach Norman has agreed to Ateneo’s request that he coach the Blue Eagles for the 2012 season, and that he remain as consultant to the men’s basketball program for two years thereafter. Norman will be with us therefore for three more years, coaching the team for one more year and helping out as consultant in the two years after that.

Full memorandum…
That exultant cheering you just heard? It's the rest of the UAAP men's basketball teams (and their supporters) celebrating. They think there's blood in the water, and they're salivating.

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