Bob Brock ranks 12th among NCAA Division I active softball head coaches with a record of 938-526-1 in his 24 seasons at Sam Houston, Texas A&M, and Baylor. He has won three national championships and is a former Women’s Professional Fastpitch League head coach.
Bob Brock interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland
Now in his ninth season at his alma mater, Brock has brought the Bearkat program back to its former tradition of excellence. In 2007, he directed Sam Houston State to its first NCAA Division I regional playoff appearance. The Bearkats reached the regional semi-finals by winning the Southland Conference post-season tournament after putting together a 38-26 record, the team’s best season mark in 14 years. Sam Houston has earned an SLC tournament berth six of the past seven years.
Brock was voted 2005 Southland Conference “Coach of the Year” after SHSU finished as runners-up and reached the finals of the post-season tournament.
Two years ago, Brock became the 23rd head coach in NCAA Division I softball history to post more than 900 coaching victories.
When Brock became SHSU head coach in 2002, the program had fallen on hard times. Sam Houston won three national championships (AIAW in 1981, NCAA Division II in 1982, and NIT in 1993) and three Southland titles (1988, 1990, and 1993). But, between 1998 and 2001, the Bearkats finished either ninth or 10th in the league.
Brock quickly turned things around. The 2003 season climaxed with the Kats’ first SLC playoff appearance since 1990. Seeded sixth, SHSU defeated two of the top seeds and finished third. In 2004, the Kats were seeded No. 3 and again reached the semifinals of the post-season tournament. In 2005, the Kats were SLC runners-up and reached the tournament finals, losing 2-0 to McNeese.
After a 2007 runner-up regular season finish, Sam Houston knocked off the No. 1, 3, and 4 seeds to win the SLC post-season title. The Bearkats were the No. 7 seed in the 2008 Southland tournament and reached the semifinals as the No. 6 seed in 2009 event.
Brock came to SHSU after three years as assistant coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He helped direct the Vols to their first appearance in the NCAA Regional playoffs.
Brock served as head coach at Baylor from 1980 to 1981 and at Texas A&M from 1982 to 1996. Six times he directed teams to the College World Series, winning national titles in 1982, 1983 and 1987 and finishing as runner-up in 1984 and 1986.
In September, 2006, Brock was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 1997, he was head coach of the Tampa Bay Firestix in the Women’s Professional Fastpitch League. He joined the University of Tennessee staff in 1999. He also managed his own hitting and pitching clinics in College Station for nine years.
Brock has coached 21 All-Americans, 60 All-Regional honorees and two members on gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Teams. He was honored as National Softball “Coach of the Year” in 1983 and received National Softball Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year honors in 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1991. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State in 1969 and his Master’s Degree in criminology from Central Texas University in 1978.