Texas A&M University-Kingsville

David Brock Named a Bringer of Light

KINGSVILLE - November 25, 2012

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David Brock, assistant to the athletic director at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been named a “Bringer of Light” by the campus group Servants of Las Luminarias.

An anonymous collection of campus community members, the Servants of Las Luminarias select those that they feel are “bringers of the light of the knowledge of goodness to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus community.” 

As a fall honoree, Brock received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder, a Thanksgiving/fall plant arrangement and a framed certificate of recognition. The certificate states that Brock had, through word and deed, “selflessly and consistently shone the light of goodness into our midst.”

Brock had spent the last few days planning and arranging details for the high school playoff games coming to Javelina Stadium, so when he came into his office Tuesday, he saw the award items from a distance and assumed they had to do with the games. When he got closer, he realized what they really were. “It was a surprise, a nice surprise,” said Brock. “Whoever did it, I’m very appreciative and thankful.”          

The award recipient has been with Texas A&M-Kingsville for three years. Head track coach Ryan Dall had asked Brock to come on board as part of his coaching staff. Later, Brock assumed the position of assistant to the athletic director. He also is an alumnus of the university.

Brock has had a love of sports ever since he was a child. While his athletic career only went through high school, he liked the idea of coaching. Brock went into the Air Force after high school, then decided to pursue a college education.

While at A&M-Kingsville, kinesiology professor Dr. Stewart Cooper convinced Brock to pursue kinesiology and coaching. Brock said Cooper was both a mentor and father figure, and kept up with Brock during his coaching career. That career spanned 35 years in Texas high schools, with 27 of those years in Falls City High School, during which time he would serve as athletic director, and coach football, basketball and track. Brock also coached at Runge and Medina High Schools, and was the head track coach and cross country coach at H.M. King High School for five years. Track and field teams under Brock have won two U.I.L. state championships, three state runner-up titles, six regional track championships and 33 district titles. His basketball coaching career features more than 400 victories.

Brock said that the most valuable lesson he learned from mentor Dr. Cooper—among his many kinesiology, coaching and life lessons—was, “If you’re going to be a good coach, you’ve got to be a good teacher in the classroom.” The lesson proved itself to be true, Brock said. The basic principles that bring success in both the classroom and the playing field include discipline, and not sticking with the same teaching methods for every student—vary your techniques to better teach and get through to a student.

Luminaria recipient Brock is married to Janis Wilson Brock and has two sons, Cory David of Conroe and Kirby David of Kingsville. Kirby has Down Syndrome, and it was through Kirby that Brock discovered another facet of coaching and teaching – the Special Olympics.

“Kirby loved sports, so Special Olympics was a natural fit. From the first time we became involved, I loved it.”

Kirby took part in bowling, track and field and basketball, as did father David, helping to transport Special Olympics athletes to competitions, as well as help coach on the sidelines. “When you’re involved in Special Olympics, you want to make sure the kids know they are loved and that they feel special—that day is theirs. You want to make their parents feel good about the day too.” As Kirby got older, he became less involved in Special Olympics and took a job at the Kingsville H.E.B. David has stayed with Special Olympics. He is credited with assisting in the founding of the Karnes County, Texas, Texas Special Olympics athletic teams.

Brock said that a day in the life of an assistant to the athletic director is filled with variety—“no two days are the same,” he said. His duties include everything from arranging transportation and travel, to checking on the status of referees, to helping the media during their time in the press box on game days.

One thing the job has afforded him is the chance to have his son Kirby with him. Brock noted that Kirby follows his father and helps with many tasks and errands along the way. It also allows his sports fan son an opportunity to watch the various Javelina teams in action. It’s an arrangement Brock said the athletic department has been supportive of from the start.

Brock said that the coaching life has allowed Kirby to stay alongside him, and for years of positive experiences.

“Everything happens for a reason. I’ve been blessed.”


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