Harlem Globetrotters Names Jimmy Blacklock New Coach

Harlem Globetrotters Names Jimmy Blacklock New Coach

Harlem Globetrotters Names Jimmy Blacklock New Coach

The Harlem Globetrotters have chosen a new coach to help them train for the 2012 season. When training camp opens again later this week, former player Jimmy Blacklock will lead the team. He played as a point guard with the world-traveling superstars from 1974 to 1987 and was a top dribbler. As an Ambassadors of Goodwill teammate, he performed in over 2,500 events in 62 different countries. He also spent a season coaching as a player-coach during 1997. Prior to his time with the Globetrotters he was the first African-American basketball player at the University of Texas. Time spent as the team captain in his senior year helped prepare him for his new appointment.

Mr. Blacklock was also chosen for the professionalism and dedication he showed during his time as a player. Training camp for the team of 30 athletes begins on October 5th. The 86th season of the World Tour begins at the very end of this year. The North American section of the tour starts in Pittsburgh two days after Christmas. After a few more stops in this country, the team will travel to numerous other countries over the course of the winter and spring.

The Harlem Globetrotters performs a special show of basketball handling skills and demonstrations that has no equal. By visiting over 120 countries over their 86 year history the team has brought basketball to thousands of people who had never seen it before. The team acts as an unofficial team of ambassadors, increasing goodwill with children and families around the world. Recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters know that Blacklock will help continue their high level of excellence.


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