Dave Brock, former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rutgers, was named head coach of the University of Delaware football program in January, 2013.
Brock was relieved of his duties on Oct. 16, 2016, ending his Blue Hens tenure with an overall record of 19-22 in four seasons. His record in conference play was 11-16.
“After thorough consideration and assessment, we have made the decision to change leadership of our football program,” said UD Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak in making the announcement. “As he has been throughout his time at UD, Dave was a true professional. We want to thank him for his four years of service to the University of Delaware. Ultimately, the hard work and effort off the field did not result in the success that we expect on the field. We wish Dave and his family the best.”
Brock, a native of Moorestown, N.J. and a veteran of 24 collegiate seasons as an assistant coach, became just the fifth head coach of the Blue Hens since 1940.
During his tenure, seven Blue Hen players earned All-American honors, 21 were named All-CAA, and over 50 have earned CAA All-Academic honors.
In addition, five of his former players played or are playing professionally led by DT Zach Kerr (Indianapolis), TE Nick Boyle (Baltimore), and OT Erle Ladson (Cleveland) in the NFL, CB Travis Hawkins (Toronto) in the CFL, and RB Andrew Pierce (Tri-City) in the IFL.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Brock took over as quarterbacks coach in 2016 as longtime assistant Brian Ginn moved to tight ends coach.
Highlighted by an exciting offensive attack and formidable special teams play, the Blue Hens found success in Brock’s rookie campaign in 2013 as Delaware produced an overall record of 7-5 and earned a fifth place finish with a 4-4 mark in the rugged Colonial Athletic Association. Delaware earned votes in The Sports Network Media Top 25 Poll every week during the season, peaking at the No. 15 spot on Nov. 4.
Delaware jumped out to a 7-2 start that included big victories over No. 14 James Madison on Sept. 28 and a thrilling 32-31 last minute triumph over eventual NCAA FCS national runner-up Towson on Nov. 2. Two of Blue Hens’ five losses came by just three points or less and the squad was an impressive 5-2 at Delaware Stadium.
A total of nine Blue Hen players received All-CAA notice led by Kerr, who earned All-American notice and an invitation to the East-West Shrine All-Star Game and the National Football League Scouting Combine.
Kerr (Indianapolis Colts) was one of three Blue Hens to sign NFL free agent contracts following the season, joining defensive back Hawkins (New England Patriots) and Ladson (Oakland Raiders).
Delaware scored 30 or more points eight times and ranked No. 2 in the CAA in scoring offense (31.2 points per game) and No. 3 in passing offense (240.0 yards per game). On special teams, the Hens led the CAA in net punting, blocked punts for and against, and punt returns.
The Blue Hens posted a record of 6-6 in 2014, including a 30-23 overtime win at James Madison and a 31-28 victory at Albany. James Madison later advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Hens fell just short of a major upset in the season finale, falling to No. 6 ranked Villanova 35-28 in the final minutes of play.
Delaware was led by a pair of All-Americans in tight end Boyle and punter Eric Enderson along with first team All-CAA wide receiver Michael Johnson. Boyle, one of the nation's top tight ends, played in the prestigious Senior Bowl and was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by Baltimore in May. Enderson led the CAA and ranked No. 4 in the NCAA in punting average (44.9 yards per punt).
During the 2015 season, Delaware posted a 4-7 record but posted victories over NCAA Tournament participants William & Mary (24-23) and New Hampshire (31-14) and suffered last minute setbacks to NCAA qualifier James Madison (24-21) and to then No. 6 ranked Villanova (28-21). In addition, Delaware trailed by just a single touchdown late in the third quarter against North Carolina before falling 41-14. The Tar Heels (11-3) ended the season ranked No. 15 in the nation at the FBS level.
Brock came to Delaware after serving one season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under coach Kyle Flood at Rutgers University. In 2012, Rutgers posted a 9-4 record, won a share of the Big East title, and advance to the Russell Athletic Bowl. Prior to Rutgers, Brock coached at Boston College, Kansas State, North Carolina, Temple, Hofstra, Salisbury State, and Western Connecticut State.
“The opportunity to coach at a place with such a storied tradition, in the footprint of where I grew up and where I have coached most of my life, is an honor for my family and I am humbled by the opportunity,” said Brock when he was introduced as the head coach. “The University of Delaware represents excellence in academics and athletics and I want to thank the University for inviting me into the family.”
The New Jersey native’s coaching career includes stops at North Carolina, Temple, Hofstra, Kansas State and Boston College. He was offensive coordinator for seven of those seasons and mentored many NFL standouts, including current All-Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers), and former NFL players Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints, 2006-15), Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants, 2009-13, 2015), and Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2009-13; Minnesota Vikings, 2013; Indianapolis Colts, 2015).
Brock was also instrumental in recruiting quarterback Dave Shinskie, a one-time Delaware recruit who came to BC after a career in professional baseball. Despite being picked to finish last in the ACC's Atlantic Division in preseason media voting, the 2009 Eagles finished with an 8-5 record and came within one win of playing in a third consecutive ACC Championship Game.
Brock spent the 2008 season as Kansas State's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach after coaching the wideouts in 2007. Kansas State ranked 18th nationally in passing (269.6) and 19th in scoring offense (34.9) under Brock's leadership.
As offensive coordinator at Kansas State, Brock spearheaded a Wildcat offense that produced the 2008 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in wide receiver Brandon Banks and Kansas State's most prolific passer in school history in quarterback Josh Freeman. Banks set a Wildcat junior record with 67 receptions and 1,049 yards while Freeman became Kansas State's career leader in passing attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns and total offense in 2008.
In 2007, Brock tutored Kansas State's Jordy Nelson, who was a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist, as well as Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Deon Murphy. Nelson, who became the Wildcats' first-ever offensive consensus All-American, ranked second in the nation in receptions (10.2) and receiving yards per game (133.8) en route to setting 11 Kansas State receiving records.
Kansas State, which set school records for passing yards, completions and attempts in a season, also ranked 20th nationally in passing offense (285.4) and 21st in scoring offense (35.2). The Wildcats finished the season with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,600-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in school history.
Prior to Kansas State, Brock spent two years at North Carolina, where he served as the Tar Heels' assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. In 2005, Jarwarski Pollock became the all-time leading receiver at Carolina with 177 catches.
In 2006, Brock coached wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to honorable mention freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News as Nicks set UNC freshman records with 39 receptions for 660 yards and four touchdowns.
Before coaching at North Carolina, Brock was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for three seasons at Temple. In 2004, Temple ranked third in the Big East in rushing, generating 173.0 yards on the ground per game.
Brock served in various roles during seven seasons at Hofstra from 1995 through 2002, including running backs coach (1995), wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator (1997-99), offensive coordinator (2000-01) and associate head coach (2002). In 2000, Hofstra finished the year ranked No. 7 with a 9-4 record.
He played linebacker at Ferrum (Va.) College before earning a bachelor of science degree in political science from Salisbury (Md.) State University in 1994.
Brock and his wife, Karen, have five children - Henry, William, Richard, Kate, and Maggie.
The Brock File
Hometown: Moorestown, N.J.
Alma Mater: Salisbury (Md.) State, 1994
Birthdate: June 5, 1967
Children: Henry, William, Richard, Kate, Maggie
2013-16 - Delaware (head coach, 19-22, 11-16 CAA)
2012 - Rutgers (offensive coordinator (wide receivers)
2009-11 – Boston College (tight ends)
2008 – Kansas State (offensive coordinator/tight ends)
2007 – Kansas State (wide receivers)
2006 – North Carolina (assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator)
2005 – North Carolina (wide receivers)
2002-04 – Temple (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
2002 – Hofstra (associate head coach/offensive coordinator)
2000-01 – Hofstra (offensive coordinator/wide receivers)
1997-99 – Hofstra (recruiting coordinator/wide receivers)
1995 – Hofstra (running backs)
1994 – Salisbury State (recruiting coordinator/defensive backs)
1991-93 – Western Connecticut State (recruiting coordinator/defensive backs)
1988-90 – Salisbury State (assistant coach)
Played linebacker at Ferrum College
Brock Year by Year Head Coaching Record
|Year||Record||Conference Record (Finish)||Notes|
|2013||7-5||4-4 (5th)||1st season at Delaware|
|Totals (4 yrs.)||19-22 (.463)||11-16 (.407)||-
|Alma Mater:||Salisbury (Md.) State|