The University of Delaware has found itself a new head football coach. The school has hired Rutgers offensive coordinator Dave Brock to be just the program’s fifth leader since 1940.
Brock spent only one season with Rutgers, but helped the Scarlet Knights come within a win in their regular season finale of reaching a BCS Bowl. His offense ranked just sixth in the eight-team Big East in total yards and points scored, but did lead the league and finished 17th in the country in pass efficiency.
He was on a staff at Rutgers that featured plenty of familiar names for Hens fans. Former Delaware assistants Damien Wroblewski and Dave Cohen worked with Brock under former UD assistant head coach Kyle Flood. Flood was named the Big East’s 2012 Coach of the Year for his guidance of the Scarlet Knights.
Speaking of familiarity, Delaware athletic director Eric Ziady worked with Brock during the coach’s three-year stint at Boston College, where Ziady was an assistant athletic director at the time. He spent three seasons as the Eagles tight ends coach and also assumed the role of interim offensive coordinator for much of the 2011 campaign, when Kevin Rogers took a leave of absence to tackle health concerns.
Brock has also spent time as a coach in the CAA (although it was called the Atlantic 10 then) when he served multiple roles on the coaching staff at Hofstra from 1997-2001. From ’97-’99 he was the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach, then in 2000 he became the Pride’s offensive coordinator.
From there he moved on to Temple, North Carolina and then Kansas State. With the Wildcats, Brock coached current Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, and later mentored current Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman.
He has coached both spread and pro-style offenses during his coaching career, preferring a ground-oriented pro-style assault at Rutgers.
Ironically, Brock’s playing experience came on the other side of the ball. He was a linebacker at Ferrum (Va.) College before receiving a bachelor degree in political science from Salisbury (Md.) State University.
He will be officially introduced as Delaware’s head coach during a 2:30 p.m. press conference. Tune in to Blue Hens Live today at 4 p.m. on 1290 The Ticket for sound from that press conference, and reaction to the Hens new hire.