Delaware to Name New Football Coach

George Hammond

Delaware to Name New Coach

 

The University of Delaware is expected to name Rutgers offensive coordinator Dave Brock as its new head coach later today, according to the Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal.

Brock coached just one season at Rutgers, but he has spent several years in the FBS ranks, including stints at Temple, North Carolina, Kansas State and Boston College. It was at Boston College where current Delaware Athletic Director Eric Ziady, who spent the previous 14 years at BC, met Brock.

Brock, 45, succeeds K.C. Keeler who was fired two weeks ago after 11 seasons at the helm. Keeler had an overall record of 88-52 and took the Hens to the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA championship. Delaware also made the title game in 2007 and 2010, losing to Appalachian State and Eastern Washington, respectively.  But outside of those three seasons, Keeler’s tenure was marked by mediocrity. The Hens finished 5-6 this past season, losing their final four games – the longest losing streak since 1987 – and they missed the playoffs in four of the last five seasons. They were just 12-10 the last two campaigns.

Brock is familiar with the Hens’ program because he served on the staff at former rival Hofstra in 1995 and from 1997-2001. He eventually became offensive coordinator and associate head coach at the Long Island, N.Y. school. During his last five years there, Hofstra averaged 35.8 points a game and 446.8 yards a contest.  Prior to joining Rutgers, Brock had been tight ends coach at Boston College and was interim offensive coordinator for most of the 2011 season.  However, the Scarlet Knights were anything but an offensive juggernaut this past season. Rutgers (9-4) finished 104th nationally in total offense (329.92 ypg) and was 96th in scoring offense (21.46 ppg). It lost to Virginia Tech 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

A native of Moorestown, N.J., Brock played linebacker at Ferrum (Va.) College before graduating from Salisbury (Md.) State University.