Youth coach wants to start basketball academy

August 21, 2018
Dave 'Puey' Black (right) from Herbert Morrison Technical High School, receives the awards for best Under-16 and 19 coach of the ISSA/Western Conference Basketball Championships from referee Suezette Virgo.

Coach of national male under-17 basketball team, Dave Black, who has travelled to China with a team of young females for the Jamaica/China Technical Assistance Project on Sports Coaching, told the WESTERN STAR he wants to use the opportunity to start a basketball academy in Montego Bay very soon.

Black, who has been to a number of coaching seminars in countries such as Mexico, Guyana, and Panama through the Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) is delighted for yet another opportunity to further own his craft.

"Most of all I want to use this opportunity to start an academy when I get back," said Black. "It is great that the Jamaica Basketball Association selected me to travel with the females to develop their skills and my coaching skills. This would provide the opportunity to learn from the Chinese how they do things as it relates to basketball."

Black, who has won multiple male titles coaching at Herbert Morrison, said despite the western giant not having an active female team, coaching females would not be foreign to him.

He was Alf Remekie's assistant coach of GC Foster College's female basketball team.

Black, who started a female programme at Herbert Morrison more than eight years ago, pointed out that they want to rejuvenate the programme for the upcoming school year.

"For the past couple of years, we have been trying to get a team together but I think the timeline between the boys and the girls is pretty short. However, this time around we plan to start earlier in getting them (females) together," said Black.

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