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The Navy volleyball team dropped a hard-fought, four-set match to 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Alabama Friday evening in Charlottesville, Va.
Volleyball vs. Bucknell, Sept. 27, 2014. Photos by Phil Hoffmann
Volleyball vs. Princeton, Aug. 29, 2014. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Volleyball vs. Bucknell, Nov. 2, 2013. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Volleyball vs. Air Force, Sept. 11, 2013
Volleyball vs. Lafayette, Sept. 21, 2013 Photos by Phil Hoffmann
Larry Bock, who has accrued more victories than any other volleyball coach in NCAA history, enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Mids in the fall of 2015.
Bock led the Mids to one of the program's best seasons in nearly a decade in 2014. Selected to place fifth in the Patriot League's Pre-Season Poll, the Mids won a school-record 11 league matches to end the year in third place. It was the team's highest placement since tying for second in 2005 and gave the Mids a winning league season in consecutive years for the first time since doing so in 2004 and 2005. Navy also attained its first overall winning record (14-12) since 2008, won both regular season matches against Army for the first time since 2005 and swept the Black Knights in a match for the first time since 1997. The Mids also qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since seven seasons.
Hired in January 2011 after the Mids had totaled four league wins and 13 victories in all in the previous two seasons, Bock's impact on the program was felt in just his second campaign. The Mids would finish the 2012 season with a 7-7 record and place fifth in the league, just one victory out of a tie for fourth place and the final berth in the Patriot League Tournament. That six-win increase from one season to the next is the largest one-year improvement for victories in league history. Additionally, Navy's placement in the league was the highest for the Mids since tying for fifth place in 2008. Navy also stopped a 15-match losing streak in league road outings by finishing the year with a 3-4 mark in league matches played away from Annapolis. Helping the Mids to their improved record was their winning five home matches on the year after Navy had won a total of six home matches in the previous two seasons combined, as well as winning three true road matches on the season after having posted a 3-20 mark in road matches played over the course of the 2010-11 seasons.
Navy's ascension continued in 2013. The Mids posted a 9-7 record in the Patriot League to finish the year with the team's first winning league campaign since the 2007 season. The Mids were alive for a berth in the four-team playoffs until the final weekend of the season and ended the year in fifth place. Additionally, Navy's 13 wins on the year were the most for the program since 2008.
Bock arrived at Navy having compiled an overall record of 1,352-283-4 (82.6%) in 40 seasons as a collegiate volleyball head coach. That tally included a mark of 1,252-192 (86.7%) in 34 seasons as the head coach of the women's program at Juniata and a mark of 100-91-4 (52.3%) in six years as the head coach of the Juniata men's team.
Juniata's women's teams won at least 30 matches in each of the last 31 seasons and surpassed 40 victories on 10 different occasions during this span. The Eagles compiled a staggering 358-14 record (96.2%) against conference foes, and last dropped a match against a conference opponent in 1983. And while Juniata competes on the NCAA's Division III level, Bock's teams posted a 67-23 record against NCAA Division I programs during his tenure at the school.
Bock guided the Eagles to each of the 30 NCAA D-III Tournaments that have been contested. Juniata won NCAA titles in 2004 and 2006, appeared in a total of eight national championship matches and advanced to the semifinal match of the national tournament in 14 of his last 15 seasons and 25 times in all. Juniata posted a 94-36 record in the NCAA Tournament under Bock.
Individually, Bock's players garnered 65 All-America certificates, four American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player-of-the-Year awards and one National Rookie-of-the-Year laurel. Additionally, five Juniata players received College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America accolades, two were selected as the organization's Academic All-American of the Year and two received an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. On the men's side, Juniata won a trio of Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association divisional titles under Bock, who himself was tabbed as the EIVA D-III Coach of the Year in both 1993 and `94.
Bock's record in his 38 seasons as a women's volleyball coach is 1296-258 (83.4%) and his record in his 44 seasons as a collegiate volleyball coach is 1396-349-4 (79.9%). He has won 157 more matches than the coach with the next highest tally of victories and has recorded 64 more wins than the second-place coach on the women's side of the sport. Additionally, his winning percentage as a women's coach ranks 13th among all NCAA coaches who have at least 10 seasons of experience.
Bock has received nearly every possible coaching award available over the course of his career He has been tabbed as the AVCA (D-III) National Coach of the Year five times and as the organization's region coach of the year on nine occasions. Bock also was a member of the AVCA's inaugural Hall of Fame Class (2003), was elected as one of the two NCAA Silver Anniversary (D-III) Team Head Coaches (2006), received the AVCA Founders Award for service to the sport (2000), garnered the USA Volleyball Trailblazer Award (2006) and was selected as the 2009 recipient of the All-Time Great Coaches Award by USA Volleyball. He also served as Juniata's athletic director for over 15 years and was named the Division III Central Region Athletic Director of the Year in 2005.