Led Mids to league title match for first time in 18 years
Mids split with American this season
Navy placed second in the league this year
Teams to meet again Saturday in league tournament
First win by Mids over Eagles since 1989
Volleyball vs. Holy Cross, Nov. 7, 2015
Volleyball vs. Bucknell, Oct. 17, 2015
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.
Bock has guided Navy to:
* a 27-12 record in all and a 17-9 record in league play since the middle of the 2015 season;
* an overall record of 67-72 and a league record of 44-34 in the last five seasons;
* and an overall record of 73-95 and a league mark of 45-47 in his six years.
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 in seven seasons.
Navy enjoyed more success during the 2016 campaign. The Mids compiled a 20-9 record overall and placed fourth in the Patriot League with a 10-6 record. The 20 wins doubled Navy’s total for all of 2015, and the 10 league victories marked just the third time the Mids have won double-digit league matches since the double round robin format was instituted in 1999. Additionally, the Mids won six-straight league matches during one span, which was the most in league play by a Navy team in school history and marked the first six-match winning streak of any kind since 2005.
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 his 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 were contested during his time at the school. 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 Juniata 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 40 seasons as a women’s volleyball coach is 1,325-287 (82.2%) and his record in his 46 seasons as a collegiate volleyball coach is 1,425-378-4 (79.0%). He has won 142 more matches than the coach with the next highest tally of victories and has recorded 43 more wins than the second-place coach on the women’s side of the sport.
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.