JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/7/2008 - Union University announced the naming of the basketball court inside Fred DeLay Gymnasium in honor of longtime Union athletic director and women’s basketball coach David Blackstock.
Union President David S. Dockery presented Blackstock with a framed rendering of the new David Blackstock Court in front of a large crowd in the Carl Grant Events Center Nov. 7. The announcement was made as a part of the third annual Union Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony during Homecoming week 2008.
Dockery says, “For over three decades the athletic department at Union University has been defined by David Blackstock. As a coach and athletic director he, in so many ways, exemplified the best of Union University. For his success on the court and the field and for his influence upon the lives of many colleagues and student-athletes, we offer our congratulations and thanksgiving. The naming of the new basketball court at Union University in his honor is certainly a most fitting tribute for his marvelous career.”
The transformation of the current court into David Blackstock Court will be complete by late December.
For Blackstock, this honor comes after his retirement in the spring of 2008 as Union’s athletic director, a position he held for 34 years. In addition to his duties as athletic director, Blackstock also spent 18 years as head coach of the women’s basketball program. During his 18 years, Blackstock posted a career record of 509-89, including the 1998 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Title.
Blackstock, a native of Jackson, is a 1964 graduate from Union with a degree in health and physical education. During his four years at Union, he was a member of the Bulldog baseball team. Blackstock became Union’s athletic director in 1973 after completing his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Memphis.
Blackstock took over the baseball program in 1975 where he, along with co-head coach Linn Stranak, guided the team to a third-place finish in the 1983 NAIA World Series, the only season Union has participated in the event. In the two seasons he coached the women’s softball team, from 2006-2007, the team compiled a 77-36 record with one NAIA Region XI tournament appearance.
Blackstock has been enshrined in the NAIA Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame and the Union University Sports Hall of Fame.
Blackstock and his wife Armita, a 1968 Union graduate, are both Jackson natives and have two children – Dixie (Blackstock) Waddell and Rebel. They are members of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson.
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