Dave Campbell’s Texas Basketball has confirmed that a Texas legend in the women’s basketball coaching ranks will be the next head coach at Tarleton. McLennan Community College head coach Bill Brock will soon take over the Texans program. An official announcement from the university is expected after the NJCAA national tournament.
Tarleton was rumored to want this hire to make a splash, and the addition of Brock certainly fits that category. The veteran coach was the associate head coach at Baylor for 13 seasons under Kim Mulkey. Brock turned down an opportunity to follow Mulkey to LSU to remain close to his family.
Brock stayed in Texas and turned around the McLennan Community College women’s basketball program in two short years. He led the Highlassies to the program’s first appearance in the NJCAA Division I women’s basketball championships since 1984. McLennan is 27-4 this year and earned the No. 14 seed in the tournament. Sources indicate that Brock will continue to coach the Highlassies through their run in the national tournament.
A Durant, Okla. native, Brock’s head coaching capabilities shined while leading Grayson College for 13 years. During his time with the Lady Vikings, the program won 10 North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference championships, two regional titles, and two appearances in the national tournament.
Brock was named NTJCAC Coach of the Year nine times, while twice earning regional Coach of the Year honors, and was the 1996 National Junior College Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association while leading the Lady Vikings to an incredible 371-50 record.
He inherits a Texans program experiencing its first coaching change in eight years. Brock will guide the program through its final year of transition to NCAA Division I.
The Texans finished an injury-ravaged season with a 2-18 record. Tarleton began the 2022-2023 season 6-3 and was riding the wave of momentum from an 8-10 finish in the Western Athletic Conference the previous year. However, the Texans struggled in the final 18 games of the season, posting only two wins in those contests.