Navy vs. Illinois-Chicago, Aug. 31, 2013. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Larry Bock, who has accrued more victories than any other volleyball coach in NCAA history, enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Mids in the fall of 2014.
Bock has won 130 more matches than the coach with the next highest tally of victories, and has recorded 63 more wins than the second-place coach on the women's side of the sport. Additionally, the winning percentage for his women's teams is tied for eighth among all NCAA coaches who have at least 10 seasons of experience.
His impact on the Navy program was felt during the 2012 season, his second on The Yard. After posting just one Patriot League victory in each of the two previous years, the Mids finished the season with a 7-7 record and placed fifth in the league. 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.
Additionally, Navy recorded 11 overall wins on the season after having totaled 13 wins the two previous years. 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 first winning league campaign by the Mids since the 2007 season. That ledger also gave the Mids their first back-to-back seasons with at least a .500 record since the 2004-05 seasons. 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. Including his two years at Navy, he has compiled an overall record of 1,369-321-4 (80.9%) and a women's mark of 1,269-230 (84.7%).
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 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.