|Position:||Interim Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Bowling Green|
Recruiting Areas: Illinois (Northern), Kentucky (Northern), Michigan, Ohio (Western), Wisconsin (Southern)
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Brian Rock was named the interim head coach of the Holy Cross football team on Oct. 15, 2017. He previously served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since the beginning of the 2015 season.
During the 2015 campaign, Rock’s offense led the Patriot League with an average of 295.7 passing yards per game. Wide receiver Brendan Flaherty, wide receiver Kalif Raymond and quarterback Peter Pujals earned All-Patriot League honors, with Flaherty also being selected as an All-American.
Rock came to Holy Cross with nearly three decades of collegiate coaching experience. From 2011-2014, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kent State University. In 2012, the Golden Flashes posted an overall record of 11-3 while advancing to the Mid-American Conference championship game and the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Rock’s offense ranked second in the MAC in rushing in 2012 (225.8 yards per game), while standing third in scoring (33.1 points per game). Five Kent State offensive players earned All-MAC honors during Rock’s time as offensive coordinator, with offensive linemen Brian Winters and Josh Kline going on to play in the National Football League.
Prior to his time at Kent State, Rock served as the wide receivers coach at Purdue University for five seasons. In 2009, Purdue’s Keith Smith led the Big Ten with 91 catches and 1,110 receiving yards, en route to earning first team All-Conference honors. Dorien Bryant topped the Big Ten in receptions in 2006 and 2007 (87 both seasons) while setting the Purdue career record with 6,219 all-purpose yards, the fourth most in Big Ten history. He was named first team All-Conference in 2006.
Rock was previously on the staff at Western Michigan University, where he was an assistant coach from 1992 to 2005. Rock coached wide receivers from 1997 to 2004, as well as tight ends (1992-1996 and 2000-2004), offensive tackles (1992-1996) and running backs (2005). He served as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2000-2004 and special teams coordinator from 1997-1999 and also in 2005. He helped lead the Broncos to Mid-American Conference West Division championships in 1999 and 2000.
Western Michigan ranked eighth nationally in passing offense in 2003 (308.4 yards per game) and 16th in 2004 (264.8 yards per game). Rock’s offense produced two 1,000-yard receivers for the first time in school history in 2003 in Greg Jennings (1,050) and Kendrick Mosley (1,019). Jennings became the Broncos’ career leader in receptions, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards and went on to play with the Green Bay Packers. Rock also developed and coached tight end Tony Scheffler, who played for the Detroit Lions.
Prior to his tenure at Western Michigan, Rock was defensive coordinator at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., from 1987-1991. He also coached the defensive backs and special teams. Rock began his coaching career a graduate assistant at Bowling Green from 1985-1986.
Widely regarded for his enthusiasm and innovation, Rock has authored several articles on football strategy. His piece “Efficiency in the Scoring Zone” appeared in American Football Monthly in 2005.
Rock is a 1985 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to receive a master’s degree in sports management from Kent State in 1986. Rock and his wife, Lori, have a daughter (Kirsten) and two sons (Nathan and T.K.).