Brent Brock, a head coach in the Georgia high school ranks for 14 years and a former teammate of head coach Rick Stockstill, will be beginning his eighth season at Middle Tennessee with the 2013 campaign. Brock was elevated in the offseason to director of player development.
Brock coached the tight ends his first three years at MT before taking over the inside receivers from 2009 to 2011. He spent the last seven games of 2011 and all of 2012 coaching the running backs.
Brock enjoyed a productive first full year leading the running backs in 2012 as Benny Cunningham earned second team all-conference honors and Jordan Parker was voted to the all-freshman team. Cunningham became the first back at MT to record two 200-yard rushing games since 2001 and Parker went on to set the freshman rushing record with 851 yards.
In 2011, Brock helped the receiving corps snag a single-season school record 299 passes while registering the third-most touchdown receptions with 21.
Brock's receivers were part of a fast-paced offense in 2009 that rang up a school record 3,064 yards of passing along with a record setting 25 touchdowns. In all, 17 receivers caught a total of 238 passes, which is the fourth most in Blue Raider history.
Under Brock's leadership in 2006, the tight ends were a key ingredient for the Sun Belt Conference's top scoring offense and the league's number two-rated team in passing efficiency. The group came up with 17 receptions on the season and two of the team's nine touchdown receptions. The unit followed that up with 23 receptions and two scores in 2007.
Brock came to Middle Tennessee after serving the previous four years as head coach and athletic director at Jackson County High School in Jefferson, Ga. Brock had the privilege of coaching in the GHSA North/South All-Star game (1995) and the Georgia/Florida High School All-Star game (1997). He also has 14 years of experience as an athletic director on the high school level.
Brock got his start in coaching as a volunteer assistant at Godby High School in Tallahassee in 1981 and then left the following season to join Jim Hughes' staff at Thomasville High School in 1982.
Brock followed Hughes to Colquitt High School in 1983, where he helped coach the Packers in the 1991 1-AAAA state championship game. During his nine seasons at Colquitt, the Packers made the region playoffs eight times, were region runner-up three times, and received the region's all-sports trophy on three occasions. Brock served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, and strength coordinator during his time at Colquitt.
He earned his first head coaching job in 1992, when he took over the Worth County High School program in Sylvester, Ga. He took a struggling program that went 1-9 his first year to an 8-3 mark and back-to-back playoff appearances in his third and fourth seasons.
In 1996, Brock took over head coaching and athletic director duties at Fitzgerald High School in Fitzgerald, Ga., where he had the challenge of rebuilding a program that had just 40 players his first season. With hard work and determination, Brock fielded 70 players and helped turn the program around during his short tenure. Under his reign, FHS took home the sportsmanship trophy for 2-AAA in 1996 and 1997. Before taking over at Jackson County, Brock spent two years as offensive coordinator/strength coach at Westside High School under Robert Davis. Westside, only four years old at the time, made it to the semifinals of the state at the Georgia Dome in 2002 and finished with a no. 4 state ranking. In 2001, Westside advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
The Albany, Ga., native received his B.S. degree in health/physical education at Florida State in 1982, his master's degree at Albany State, and his Ed.S. degree from FSU. As a player, Brock played four years for Coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State as an offensive lineman. He was a member of the 1977 Tangerine Bowl team and the 1980 and 1981 Orange Bowl teams.
Brock is married to the former Missie Milton of Albany, Ga.
THE BROCK FILE
Season at MT: 8th
Date Hired: January 11, 2006
Birthdate: April 21, 1958
Hometown: Albany, GA
Spouse: the former Missie Milton
High School: Albany High School, 1976
College: Florida State, B.S. Physical Ed., 1982
Master's of Education, Albany State, 1987
Education Specialist, Florida State, 1995
Offensive Lineman at Florida State, 1976-81
1981: Godby High School (offensive line)
1982: Thomasville HS (offensive line)
1983-90: Colquitt Co. HS (off. coord./OL)
1990-91: Colquitt Co. HS (Asst. HC/OC)
1992-95: Worth Co. HS (head coach)
1996-99: Fitzgerald HS (head coach)
2000-01: Westside HS (offensive coord.)
2002-05: Jackson Co. HS (head coach)
2006-08: MT (tight ends)
2009-: MT (inside receivers)
2012: MT (running backs)
2013-Present: MT (director of player development)
1977: Tangerine Bowl (player)
1980: Orange Bowl (player)
1981: Orange Bowl (player)
2006: Motor City Bowl (coach)
2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach)
2011: GoDaddy.com Bowl (coach)