P.K. Yonge hires Blackmon as new boys basketball coach

Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.

P.K. Yonge athletic director John Clifford announced Wednesday that former Baldwin High coach Billy Blackmon has been named the Blue Wave’s boys basketball coach.

Blackmon, 25, coached the Indians to the District 7-1A tournament title last season, upsetting Union County. The Tigers came back to beat Baldwin in the regional finals.

“I am really excited about the opportunity,” said Blackmon, who was an assistant with Ray Parrish and Newberry girls basketball when the Panthers reached the state semifinals in 2012. “It is a great school with a great administration. I have been living in Gainesville, this is my third year, and to be able to coach at P.K. Yonge is kind of a dream job.”

Blackmon replaces Jeff Myers, who resigned in August after two years at the school. The Blue Wave went 14-12 last year and were District 3-3A tournament runners-up to St. Francis. P.K. Yonge lost by 31 to Daytona Beach Father Lopez in the regional quarterfinals.

“He’s an impressive young man,” Clifford said of Blackmon. “He has a good basketball background. During his interview, I had a good feeling about him and that he would fit in well at P.K. Yonge.”

Clifford said he interviewed five of the 28 applicants.

Blackmon played collegiately at Charleston Southern and professionally in Denmark. He plans to start conditioning workouts for his Blue Wave players on Monday. Practices across the state opens on Oct. 28.

“P.K. Yonge has a great history in basketball, both girls and boys,” Blackmon said. “I want to bring P.K. Yonge boys basketball back to prominence.”

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