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Bill Brock begins his 14th season at Baylor, serving two years as assistant coach and 12 years as associate head coach. Brock's duties include serving as recruiting coordinator, working with the Lady Bear post players, spearheading the staff's scouting efforts and making in-game player defensive assignments.
After six years at Baylor, from 2000-06, Brock assumed the same duties at Texas Tech for three years and immediately helped orchestrate a top 10 recruiting class. His efforts helped prepare the foundation for a team that received its first NCAA Tournament bid in six seasons.
Brock played an instrumental role in the Lady Bears winning both the 2005 and 2012 NCAA championships, reaching the 2010 Final Four, the 2011, 2014, and 2015 Elite Eight appearances and winning Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
While serving as recruiting coordinator with the Lady Bear program, Brock has helped land some of the nation's best recruiting classes including the nation's No. 1 recruiting class most recently in 2015-16 according to ESPN HoopGurlz and All Star Girls Report and also in 2005-06 according to All Star Girls Report. He also developed the Lady Bears' inside game to one of elite status, led by All-Americans Brittney Griner, Destiny Williams, Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon.
Before arriving in Waco in 2000, Brock spent 13 seasons as the head coach at Grayson County (Texas) College, establishing that program as one of the best in the junior college ranks.
During his first year at Grayson in 1987-88, Brock led the Lady Vikings to their first-ever Northern Texas Conference title and a top 25 national ranking. Grayson continued that success by winning 10 conference championships, two regional titles and two national tournament berths (1996, 2000). During his tenure, the Lady Vikings were a mainstay in the top 10 national poll. His career ended at Grayson with a 371-50 record that was highlighted by a 36-1 season and a third-place finish at the 2000 NJCAA National Tournament. He also coached 10 Northern Texas Conference Most Valuable Players and nine All-Americans.
Brock's efforts were honored by his peers, as he was voted conference Coach of the Year nine times and regional Coach of the Year twice. He was also recognized in 1996 as the National Junior College Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Brock's on-court success also carried over into the classroom. With his emphasis on academics and graduation of players, over 60 GCC student-athletes received scholarships and continued their basketball careers at four-year institutions.
Prior to his stint at Grayson, Brock was an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at East Central University (Okla.) from 1985-87. He got his start in coaching as the head boys coach at Durant High School (Okla.) from 1982-85.
The Oklahoma native graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State in 1976 and received his master's degree from there in 1981.
He and his wife, Janice, have two daughters, Danika and Whitney, both Texas Tech graduates, and five grandsons. Danika is married to Mark Morefield and they are the parents of two sons, Harrison and Ryan. Whitney is married to Patrick Uptmore, they have three sons, Brock and twins Clayton and Kylan.