“The enthusiasm and passion that Brian brings to the team are quite obvious along with his drive to succeed in baseball. Brian has been a junior varsity coach in Florida for three years and most recently the interim head coach at Whites Creek. Several individuals knowledgeable about baseball were in the interviews with me and we all felt like Brian is very capable of heading up the Lebanon High baseball team.
"I would like to personally thank Tracy Slone for his many years of being our baseball coach at LHS,” principal Sloan said. "Tracy's knowledge of the game and his love for the team has touched our players in so many ways.”
A native of New Lenox, Ill, Black pitched four years at Millikin University, a D-III school. He worked at Springstead High School (Spring Hill, Fla) as the head JV baseball coach and assistant varsity coach.
This past season, after being hired initially as the the assistant baseball coach at Whites Creek, he took over the program two weeks before the season began.
"When I took over we only had two players, so I had to recruit players over the course of a two week period. We ended up having 13 players on our team. Our team was primarily freshmen and sophomores (only two seniors), and most of them learned a great deal about the foundations of baseball," Coach Black said.
"I am grateful for the opportunity that Whites Creek gave me, and I will miss my players and the great faculty there. I feel that there is a new enthusiasm about baseball at Whites Creek, and I'm proud to say that I had a role in that excitement.
Currently, Black is the head baseball coach of the Old Hickory Bats of the Tennessee Summer Collegiate Baseball Association (TSCBA). The league is a wooden bat league comprised of players from 33 colleges and universities (Lipscomb, Cumberland, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State, Vol State, Roane State, etc).
"I am so grateful for the opportunity that Ms. Sloan and the administration is providing me with at Lebanon High School," Black said. "My primary responsibility is as an educator, and I am very passionate about being in the classroom. The baseball field is just an extension of my classroom, and another avenue to help influence the young men that play for our program.
"It has been my dream to be a head coach. As a head coach you are responsible for helping young men grow as baseball players, but more importantly to help them be successful, productive citizens after they leave our program. I've never been this excited for the school year to start, and for our season to get underway."