Coach Nick Black comes to us with an extensive playing history and coaching background and leads team instruction, hitting instruction, and group catching instruction.
Nick is currently an Assistant Coach at St. Clair County CC where he heads up the hitting instruction, recruiting efforts, and helps out in the day to day activities of the college baseball team. Nick is directly responsible for the development and coaching of around 200 athletes a week currently, with athletes ranging anywhere from 5 to 24 years old. Over the years, Nick has been involved in coaching in many facets, through high school baseball, club summer baseball, professional baseball, and now currently college baseball.
Nick has been a staple in the Michigan baseball community since 2008.
Nick was a 2012 graduate of Anchor Bay High School, where he was a 4 year varsity player. Nick was named All-League First Team from 2010-2012, All-Conference First Team 2010-2012, All-County First Team from 2010-2012, All-District First Team 2010-2012, and All-Region First Team 2010-2012 as well as leading his team to the MHSAA state regional finals in his senior year. Nick also owns batting average records in Macomb County and at Anchor Bay High School, where he hit .530 as a Junior and .525 as a Senior. Nick also holds the record at Anchor Bay High School for most doubles in a season (16 in 2011) and hits in a season (56 in 2012).
Nick competed at Grand Rapids CC in 2013 where he competed for Hall of Fame Coach Mike Cupples. Nick was a Freshman All American in 2013 after compiling a .400 batting average on the season and helping lead his team to a 7th place finish in the NJCAA World Series in Enid, Oklahoma. In 2013 at Grand Rapids CC, Nick was also honored as a First Team All MCCAA pick, and a First Team All Region 12 pick. In 2014 at Grand Rapids CC, Nick led the team with a .386 batting average as well as leading them to an NJCAA tournament opening round bid in Battle Creek, Michigan. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Nick was again honored as a First Team All MCCAA pick, and a First Team All Region 12 selection.
Nick transferred to Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida to compete during the 2015 season. At Northwood University West Palm Beach – Nick competed for Jeremy Kennedy (now Loyola – New Orleans Head Coach), who is one of the winningest NAIA coaches in the country. Nick was a part of the #2 ranked team in the country, with standout victories against Nova Southeastern, Eckerd, and Palm Beach Atlantic. Nick helped the team to an NAIA World Series opening round appearance in Montgomery, Alabama.
After the closure of Northwood University – West Palm Beach in 2015, Nick transferred to Northwood University in Midland, Michigan in 2016. Nick played for now Central Michigan University Head Coach Jordan Bischel. Nick completed the 2016 season helping springboard Northwood to the successes it is still seeing today.
Nick has a storied coaching career – as he has learned from some of the very best. Current coaches that Nick has played for, or coached under: – Mike Cupples (GRCC – MCCAA Hall of Fame), Jeremy Kennedy (Head Coach – Loyola New Orleans), Jordan Bischel (Head Coach – Central Michigan University), Billy Gernon (Head Coach – Western Michigan University), Chris Newell (Head Coach – New York Mets Minor League/ USPBL Champion Head Coach), Ryan Kottke (Head Coach – SC4).
Professional Players Nick has been associated with (coached or played with)
Anthony Misiwiecz – Seattle Mariners
Jacob Cronenworth – San Diego Padres
Joel Seddon – Oakland Athletics
Andrew Sohn – St Louis Cardinals
Keegin Akin – Baltimore Orioles
Brett Sunde – Oakland Athletics
Steven Bruce – Texas Rangers
Luis Roman – San Diego Padres
Keivan Berges – Florence Freedom
Cody Gray – Florence Freedom
Alan Carey – Florence Freedom
Taylor Grzelokowski – Minnesota Twins
Brian Portelli – Ottawa Champions
Cody Kuzniczci – Evansville Otters
Austin Stephens – Traverse City Beach Bums
Jacob Waters – Southern Illinois Miners
Jake Rhodes – Traverse City Beach Bums