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Black steps down as Roosevelt boys basketball coach

By Michael Beaven Published: April 3, 2012

Cameron Black said he has decided to step down as Kent Roosevelt boys basketball coach to spend more time with his family.

“After 26 years of coaching, I have decided to step down,” Black said. “The No. 1 reason is my wife and I’s two children will be playing Division I college sports. My oldest son Cameron II is playing basketball at Bowling Green and my youngest son Curtis will be playing football at Akron. With the two boys competing in the fall and winter, I felt it was time to move on, watch them play and spend more time with my wife (Casondra).”

Black said he will continue to teach health and physical education at Roosevelt.

“I have four years left in the classroom and then I’ll have 30 years in,” Black said. “I will remain in that position and also as a department chairman at Roosevelt High School.”

Black, who turned 50 on March 20, graduated from Columbus Northland High School in 1981 and Cumberland College (Ky.) in 1986. He played basketball at both schools.

Black guided the Roosevelt boys basketball team for seven seasons and accumulated a record of 101-53. The Rough Riders won four of the past five Portage Trail Conference Metro Division titles and were twice Division I district runner-ups at the Copley sectional/district.

He also coached Roosevelt’s girls basketball coach for eight seasons and the Rough Riders girls track and field team for 10 seasons.

He was named the Associated Press Division I All-Inland District Coach of the Year for the 1998-1999 season. His track and field teams won six league titles and he was named league coach of the year six times while Roosevelt competed in the defunct Metropolitan League and Western Reserve Conference.

“My two sons have full-ride scholarships and my wife and I are going to enjoy watching them play in college,” Black said. “Cameron is 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds and will be entering his junior year at Bowling Green. Curtis is 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds and will be going into his freshman year at Akron.”
 

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