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
  • Changes Listed For 2018 RCSL City Swim Meet

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Several changes are planned for the swim portion of the 53rd Rocket City Swim League City Meet at the Huntsville Aquatics Center, July 14-15. For the second consecutive season, though, the RCSL City Diving Championships remain basically the same. The dive venue is again slated for the Dr. Richard Showers Recreation Center at 4600 Blue Spring Road. The dive meet is Friday, July 13, followed by the weekend swim meet featuring more than 1,500 athletes at the […]

  • Former Olympic Coach Believes Anything is Possible

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Ben Davis believes anything is possible. “I was born in a tiny town on a small hill in Kentucky, yet ended up being an Olympic coach,” Davis said. “If that doesn’t show you anything can happen, nothing does.” Davis served as the head coach of the 1996 Turkish Olympic swim team. During his 39-year coaching career, he has made stops at the University of Alabama and the University of Kentucky. He was recently named Head Age Group Coach […]

  • First year HSA assistant coach finds balance in year-round athletics

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – When Huntsville Swim Association Assistant Coach Blakeley Bunch talks about flourishing at the grueling sport of year-round swimming, the former Auburn University star athlete points to discovering balance. “For coaching, you should find that balance between overall distance training versus intensity while also inserting proper stroke technique,” Bunch said. “A very important thing for the athletes to realize is they need to have balance in the pool with the training, along with other things they focus on […]

  • Buckhorn Bucks swim to Madison County championships

    NORMAL, Ala. – The Buckhorn Bucks bolted past the field in the 2017 Madison County High School Championship Swim Meet Monday night at the Alabama A&M University Swim Complex. The Bucks’ boys finished with 175 points and the girls had 194 to sweep the meet and defend their titles. Buckhorn won all six of the team relay events. The Buckhorn girls have won the last eight county championship meets, while the boys have a string of four in a row. […]

  • HSA couple destined to serve community

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Drawn together at a hectic airport terminal 20 years ago, Curt and Cari Worshek didn’t realize they would eventually land in Huntsville and make a huge impact on the community. “We were on two different flights, it was about 11 o’clock at night and both planes broke down in Dallas, Texas,” Curt Worshek recalled. “There were probably a couple of hundred really upset people, some screaming and yelling. Then, there was this small group of about six […]

  • Huntsville Hosts Southeasterns; Webber Names 2 Assistants

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The USA Swimming Long Course Southeastern Championships July 20-23 brings some of the nation’s top athletes to the Rocket City and spotlights the Huntsville Aquatic Center. “We’ll use all three pools at the new Aquatic Center,” said Huntsville Swim Association Head Coach Matt Webber. “We’ll utilize the two Olympic pools (Legacy and Competition pools) for actual competition. We will max the facility out. This meet sort of stretches the facility’s legs out and shows what it is […]

  • Greenwyche Wins RCSL City Team Title

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Greenwyche Pool slipped by Jones Valley for the overall team title at the 52nd Rocket City Swim League City Meet at the Huntsville Aquatic Center Sunday. The Gators trailed the Blue Wave by 14 points after the first day, before storming back to victory by 17.5 points. “It seems like whenever we have a big meet, we sort of turn it on in the end,” said Greenwyche Head Coach Matthew Brown. “I want to thank the kids. […]

  • Huntsville Aquatic Center Opens New Pool For City Meet

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The $22 million renovation project at the Huntsville Aquatic Center moves one step closer to completion Thursday, July 6, with the Competition Pool officially opening. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle will attend ribbon cutting ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. The new addition features the largest seating capacity for swimming in the state and is one of three pools at the facility. Located at 2310 Drake Ave., the HAC consists of the original 1974 Legacy Pool, linked by a new […]

  • Newsboys Deliver Message To Rocket City

      HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Christian rock band Newsboys delivered a message of hope and love to their faithful crowd in the Rocket City Thursday at the Von Braun Center Arena. The legendary group performed for a near sellout crowd with lead singer Michael Tait strutting and roaring like a lion as he belted out the anthems, along with new standards from their latest catalog of songs. The band wowed the audience with a vertically tilted percussion set that spun […]

  • Bunch, local swimming mentor, connects with her HSA athletes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jan Bunch didn’t dive right in and follow the mainstream way of becoming a USA Swimming mentor. When the talented Huntsville Swim Association assistant coach did receive the opportunity to master the sport, she realized the timing was in perfect relation to her students. “Most coaches grew up in the sport, but I did not learn to swim competitively until I was age 36,” said Bunch. “As I was learning, I started coaching. I think it made […]

  • Four HSA Swimmers Commit To College Scholarships

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sarah Margaret Cimino and Cade Overbeek committed to major college swim scholarships with Auburn University. Chloe Hui recently inked her pact with Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design. Sam Vasquez pledged to Loyola University of New Orleans. Cimino is a senior at Randolph High School. Overbeek preps at Huntsville High School. Both train and compete year-round for the Huntsville Swim Association. The two USA Swimming Scholastic All Americans say Auburn was a natural choice. “I chose Auburn […]

  • Huntsville Swim Association’s Clark & Swing help mentor young athletes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Rachel Clark inspects a group of small children flying through the air and zooming like rockets into the weightless feeling of the cool blue. As several swimmers overcome the fear of diving off the blocks for the first time, smiles appear underwater. Bubbles tickle faces like tiny sea creatures. When they rise to the surface and joyfully whale away to the other side, Clark is waiting for their splashdown. She’s cheering and reminding them to streamline better […]

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