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Dick Black

Coaching ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

Midland High School has developed several outstanding athletes over the years and the school district can also boast one of the top basketball coaches in Dick Black. Born and raised in Midland, Dick was quite a hoops player himself. He also starred on the baseball diamond, helping Crucible Steel to a state championship in a summer league. Dick continued to play both sports at Westminster College, graduating in 1954. After a service stint and a year off to study for his masterís, Dick began coaching and teaching in Ohio. After three years there, he took a teaching position and the head basketball coaching job at Mt Lebanon in 1960. Although retired as a teacher, Dick continued to coach the Blue Devils for more than 37 years. One of the most respected coaches in the business, Dick had produced numerous winning teams. His overall record of 620-251 ranks him as one of the top coaches in Pennsylvania roundball history. Incredibly, he has never been hit with a technical foul, such is his demeanor on the sidelines. Dick's honors and awards are many: Section Coach of the Year (18 times), WPIAL Coach of the Year (twice), and Coach of the Year in Pennsylvania (1968). But basketball isnít the only sport where he excelled: Dick has two WPIAL titles as the Blue Devils golf coach for more than 15 years. Coupled with a district championship in basketball, Dick is one of the few coaches to have earned crowns in different sports at the WPIAL level. Also active in his community in civic organizations, Dickís career was recognized for induction into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.