David Pastor, Sports Reporter
Troy Black was named the new head coach of Humber’s men’s baseball team starting in the 2020 season, said Ray Chateau, Humber’s director of Athletics and Recreation.
Black spent the last two years as the assistant coach for the men’s baseball team with his focus being centred around working with the infielders, as well as hitting and base running.
During that time, Humber had an overall batting average of .337 with 13 home runs, 271 runs scored and 77 stolen bases.
The men’s baseball team has seen tremendous success in OCAA competition, winning back-to-back provincial titles in 2018 and ’19 with Matthew Ferreira and Jeff Gibbs as head coaches.
You got to make sure we’re taking it one pitch at a time. No matter what the game no matter who the opponent”Troy Black – Hawks Men’s Baseball Coach
Black said he’s learned much as the assistant to Ferreira and Gibbs over the past two seasons and is excited to take his coaching style in collaboration with what he has learned.
“I think just taking what I saw from them, and kind of applying that to my own coaching style as well,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot getting to watch Matt and Jeff and see how things work at the OCAA level.”
Last year’s National tournament didn’t go as planned for the Hawks finishing fourth in the tournament as division rivals Durham Lords would win the championship last October.
Black said the Humber held tournament was a good learning experience for him and the team.
“You got to go out and do the work,” he said. “You got to make sure we’re taking it one pitch at a time. No matter what the game no matter who the opponent.”
He says there are many athletes coming back next season and he praises them for their dedication and determination to the game.
“A lot of the guys that we’ve got coming back this year are guys we have had on teams in the past and that’s part of the reason I took the job in the first place,” he said. “Just getting to work with a really good group of guys, a good coachable group of guys, guys who want to win, guys who want to work hard.”
Black is confident in the group the team already has and is looking forward to the next set of athletes to step up in their new roles.
Last season Humber finished with a record of 13-5 and despite the league getting better, Black thinks next year’s group will be just as good as years past.
“Anything less than an OCAA championship to me is a failure,” he said.