Philip Black graduated in 1977 from Grissom High School and 1981 from Jacksonville State University with a major in political science and a minor in English.

Philip is a former sports editor of the Huntsville News. He worked in radio as a personality at WZYP-FM in Athens, WMSL-AM in Decatur, WAHR-FM Star 99 and WFIX 1450 AM in Huntsville.

Philip is married to Carolyn Black and they have three daughters. He enjoys writing sports stories, especially features on local athletes.

Recent Articles
  • 15-year-old Kobie Melton has an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 100-meter backstroke. (Photo: Elizabeth Hinely)

    Three Huntsville-area swimmers qualify for Olympic Trials

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Three Huntsville Swim Association athletes are qualified for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in June. Several more area swimmers seek Olympic Trials qualifying standards this weekend at the HSA Spring Long Course Invitational at Huntsville Brahan Spring Park Natatorium.

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    Athletes seek championship times at 2016 Groundhog Meet

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Huntsville Swim Association gears up for the 2016 short course championship season by hosting the Groundhog Invitational this weekend at the Natatorium. The meet typically features top swimmers from all across the South region. Competition begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. Age 10-and-under swimmers start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with the older athletes participating in the afternoon sessions.

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    Competitive swimming pays off: Munster commits to TCU, DeVaney to Evansville

    Bob Jones High School senior Claire Munster verbally committed to a full academic and swim scholarship at Texas Christian University. Westminster Christian Academy’s Isaac DeVaney is signing with the University of Evansville, Ind.

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    Matt Webber directs Huntsville Swim Association on course to excellence

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Matt Webber holds one of the most industrious positions in all of sports as head coach and program director of a USA Swimming club team. The year-round mentor of the Huntsville Swim Association is currently in charge of more than 375 swimmers, ranging from ages 5 to 18. HSA hosts the Fran Norris Invitational, Oct. 23-25, at the Natatorium on Drake Ave. The meet historically attracts many of the top swimmers in the South. Competition begins at […]

  • Susan Lowe

    New HSA swim coach feels comfortable on deck

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Most people are a little nervous when they start a new job. Susan Lowe is an exception. Lowe felt right at home when she first stepped on deck as an assistant coach for the Huntsville Swim Association.

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    Rocket City Swim League keeps Coach Glenn Carr young at heart

    NEW MARKET, Ala. – A tiny 7-year-old smiles big as Sharon Johnston Head Coach Glenn Carr praises her butterfly. When Carr offers a little advice, the girl pulls at her swim cap. She has something more pressing on her mind. “I like to do magic tricks,” she proudly proclaims, right out of the blue, like children do. “Wow,” Carr exclaims! He takes a step back and puts his hands to his face. His eyes glisten. “I can do a magic […]

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    Chance directs Rocket City Swim League into 50th City Meet

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Chris Chance is humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Rocket City Swim Meet Director. This is his first year, but he does have some experience as a team leader. Chance is a decorated United States of America military veteran. “I started out as an airborne infantryman at Fort Bragg, came up through the ranks and became a sergeant (E-5) there and was in charge of a team,” said Chance. “I went to Korea and was […]

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    RCSL Special Needs Squad Teaches Life Lessons

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Dolphins special needs swim team has brought smiles while making waves in their first year with the Rocket City Swim League. “I’m sort of surprised we haven’t been doing something like this all along,” said Matthew Brown, who is the head coach of both the Dolphins and Greenwyche pool swim team. Consisting of 15 special needs team members, the Dolphins are competing alongside the Greenwyche team at all home and away dual meets during the regular season. […]

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    Mayes & Carr Named Hazel Green Swim Coaches

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. – Samantha Mayes and Glenn Carr were both named head coaches for the Hazel Green High School swim team on Wednesday night. “I think we hit a home run with our two new coaches,” said Hazel Green Athletic Director and Assistant Principal David Manning. “We want to take swimming to the next level.”

  • Zach Harting (Photo: Elizabeth Hinely)

    North Alabama swimmer lowers Olympic Trials time to make Elite Team

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After his brilliant performance recently at the National Club Swimming Association Championships in Orlando, Fla., Zach Harting, 17, of the Huntsville Swim Association is flying out of the country. No need to worry, though. Batman returns!

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    Huntsville swim coach turns into children’s action hero

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As practice begins, Huntsville Swim Association Coach Arthur Fortin is leaping over mesh bags filled with flippers, snorkels and kickboards. He’s hopping from lane to lane intensely watching a group of 30 swimmers.

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    Hazel Green baseball star commits to UAH

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. – Wes Anderson, 18, a senior at Hazel Green High School, will sign a national letter of intent to play baseball with the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Anderson will ink his commitment papers on Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hazel Green lunchroom. “Wes is a real good fit for our program,” said UAH Head Coach Hunter Royer. “Obviously, he has a good bat offensively. Defensively, he can play third base, or even maybe one of the […]


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