JACKSON, Tenn. - 5/20/2008 - The athletic directors from the TranSouth Conference institutions voted Union University’s David Blackstock as the 2007-08 Athletic Director of the Year. For Blackstock, this is the third time in the 12-year history of the TranSouth that Blackstock has received this honor.
“We applaud and salute David Blackstock on this wonderful honor,” states Union president Dr. David S. Dockery. “Being selected as the Athletic Director of the Year in the TranSouth Conference is a most fitting capstone to a great career.”
In February of this season, Blackstock announced his retirement from Union after 34 years as the athletic director.
Blackstock lead the Union athletic department in claiming the TranSouth All-Sports Trophy for the fifth straight season. Of the 10 teams in the department, nine teams advancing to at least their respective region tournaments. Also, eight senior athletes were awarded academic excellence medals and other awards for their fields of study during graduation weekend.
“This is a great honor and I am very fortunate to work at Union University,” claims Blackstock. “Union is a place that stresses the importance of being a quality person, getting a quality education, in addition to athletic success. The coaches and athletes in this department are constantly working to make Union a better place to work and learn.”
A 1964 Union graduate with a degree in health and physical education, Blackstock played baseball for the Bulldogs for four years. He became Union’s athletic director in 1973 after completing his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Memphis.
Starting in 1981, Blackstock spent 18 seasons at the helm of the women’s basketball program at Union, compiling a 509-89 overall record. He earned his 500th career victory during the 1998-99 season, and led the Lady Bulldogs to the 1998 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship.
Blackstock took over the baseball program in 1975 where he, along with co-head coach Linn Stranak, guided the team to a third-place finish in the 1983 NAIA World Series, the only season Union has participated in the event.
In the two seasons he coached the women’s softball team, from 2006-2007, the team compiled a 77-36 record with one NAIA Region XI tournament appearance.
Blackstock has been enshrined in the NAIA Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame and the Union University Sports Hall of Fame.
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