(PHOENIX, Sept. 29, 2011) – When the world famous Harlem Globetrotters open their annual training camp next week in New York, there will be a new, yet familiar face on the sidelines. Today the team announced the hiring of former Globetrotters star player Jimmy Blacklock as a coach.
Blacklock was a standout point guard and dribbler for the Globetrotters from 1974 to 1987. He played in over 2,500 games for the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, visiting 62 countries in his career. Blacklock was also a player-coach for the Globetrotters for one season in 1997.
Blacklock joined the Globetrotters after a stellar career at the University of Texas, where he was one of the first African-American players ever to play at the school. He was honored as the Longhorns’ Most Valuable Player his junior season after leading the team in scoring, and he was the team captain his senior year.
“We are extremely excited and fortunate to have Jimmy on board,” said Globetrotters Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Jeff Munn. “His outstanding career as a floor leader for the Globetrotters will be invaluable as we develop our current generation of stars. Jimmy’s professionalism and passion are second to none.”
The Globetrotters open training camp on Wednesday, Oct. 5, where nearly 30 world class athletes will begin preparation for the team’s 2012 World Tour, the team’s 86th consecutive season of touring the world. Training camp runs through Oct. 18. The Globetrotters will tip-off the North American portion of their World Tour on Dec. 26, 2011, with games in Pittsburgh, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Lowell, Mass. Tickets go on sale Oct. 17.
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters continue a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades.