Hometown: Waynesville, Ohio
High School: Waynesville
Colleges: Ohio University, Murray State College, Kentucky
Parents: Mike and Shelly Black; one brother, Todd Black, played four seasons at second for Ohio University.
Troy was a three-sport letterman at Waynesville, playing quarterback in football, guard in basketball and third base and pitcher in baseball, where he was a two-time all-state selection. Troy batted over .500 his junior season, with a .412 batting average and 8-0 pitching record his senior year. He joined his brother at Ohio University his freshman year, but transferred to Murray State College, where he played in 63 games, scored 70 runs and batted .450 in leading team to World Series. He then signed with Kentucky.