(Cam) Black, is a 1986 graduate of Hawkinsville High School. He played
high school football under Coach Jeff Caldwell. Cam actually is a second
generation Red Devil -- his late father, John, played football for the Red
Devils' under Coach Bobby Gentry on the great teams of the early 1950s as a
backup running back to the legendary 'Crow' Crenshaw. He also played
defensive back. He has a brother, Todd. Cam and his very lovely wife
Amy, who is a Guidance Counselor at the high school, are parents to three
wonderful children -- Nate who is 7 years old, John Thomas who is 10, and Aaron
who is 16 and the returning starting quarterback for the 2008 Red Devils.
This is actually Cam's "third job" with the Red Devils. He was a young
assistant in the mid 1990s working as a position coach. He later joined
his high school teammate, Lee Campbell, at Montgomery County. He came back
to Hawkinsville with Lee in 1999 to take over the Devils defense and has held
that position since that time. With Coach Campbell's departure to Dodge
County, the BOE moved wisely and quickly to name Cam as the head
Coach Black is well
known across the state for his work with the state weightlifting meets. He
has helped organize several of them and has received awards for his work. He
was instrumental in having Hawkinsville host the state meet a few years ago when
two of the participants were future UGA Bulldogs Thomas Brown and fullback Brannan
Southerland. The meet attracts some of the finest athletes across the state
of Georgia. Below the photo of Coach Black are the highlights of our
conversation regarding Red Devil football and his coaching philosophy.
minutes with Coach Black:
How is the
staff shaping up? "I hope to
have the staff completed by the March BOE meeting or at least by the April
meeting. I am looking to bring on an offensive coordinator. Most of
the staff is staying. There is a chance we may need more but I don't know for
sure at this time."
What is your
offensive philosophy? "We will run
out of the multi-I. I believe that you have to run the ball. We will
also spread it out. Down and distance will not determine what we
going to play the same style of defense? "Yes.
I will probably tutor one of our coaches to eventually take over the
What are you
most excited about? "It is the
challenge. It is easy as an assistant to tell the head coach to do this or
do that -- but when you are where the buck stops it is different. But I
like the challenge"
you learned from Coach Campbell during your years together?
me the importance of taking every opportunity to be prepared in all phases of
the game on Friday night. People speak of halftime adjustments but you win
by being prepared before the game starts."
be any significant changes? "I am
starting what we are calling the 'Winning with Character' program.
We will start it in football and hope to spread it throughout the entire
athletic program. We want to emphasize and insist that our players have
good character. I am also going to encourage them to become involved more
heavily in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes." (Note: Just sitting with Coach
Black you could sense in his voice this is very important to him)
Tell me when
spring practice starts? "We will
start April 28th and have our spring scrimmage on May 8th after
is excited about the future of Red Devil football and how the players have
responded to the coaching change. When asked if there were players coming
up from the 8th grade who could help he smiled and said "oh yeeeaah!"
If you should see
Coach Black around town stop for a few seconds and give him some words of
encouragement. He emphasizes the team concept and it is important as fans
that we let him know we are proud for him and wish he and the entire Red Devil
athletic program nothing but the best.