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Union's Blackstock Named TranSouth Athletic Director of the Year

HENDERSON, Tenn. - 8/3/2004 - David Blackstock was awarded the TranSouth Conference Athletic Director of the Year Award at the conference meetings on Tuesday in Henderson, Tenn. Blackstock has been at Union for 30 years while leading Union to one of the most recognized athletic programs in the NAIA.

Over the past year, Union captured the TranSouth All-Sports Award, a point system for the entire sports season. Six of the nine sports at Union finished first or second in the TranSouth Conference standings during the 2003-04 season. On the individual level, Union was awarded three TranSouth Player of the Year awards, Two TranSouth Coach of the Year awards, one Freshman of the Year award, and one Newcomer of the Year award.

Blackstock spent 17 seasons at the helm of the women's basketball program at Union, where he compiled a 509-89 overall record, earning his 500th career victory during the 1998-99 season. Numerous accomplishments have been a part of his basketball coaching career including the 1998 NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship. In addition to the national title, Blackstock was named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1998. He retired from coaching basketball in 1999.

Blackstock took over the baseball program in 1977 where he eventually guided the team to a third place finish in the NAIA World Series in 1983, the only season Union has participated in the event. It was at that same time that Blackstock turned his attention to the women's basketball program. During the Lady Bulldog campaign, Blackstock went to the NAIA District 24 finals 11 times, capturing five district crowns, the 1998 national championship, and 12 conference championships. He guided the team to 10 national tournament berths in his final 12 seasons, participating three times in the title game.

Blackstock began his campaign at Union University as a baseball player in 1960 where he played for the Bulldogs until 1964. In 1967, Blackstock graduated from Memphis State University with a Master of Education degree and then moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he received his doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. Blackstock then returned to Union in 1973 as athletic director and instructor in the physical education department.

He and his wife, Armita, have two children, a daughter, Dixie Blackstock Waddell of Knoxville and a son, Rebel, a freshman baseball player at Union.


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