Branch Bocock

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Branch Bocock
Branch Bocock UNC.jpg
Bocock pictured in Yackety Yack 1912, North Carolina yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1884-03-10)March 10, 1884
Shenandoah, Virginia
Died May 25, 1946(1946-05-25) (aged 62)
Blackstone, Virginia
Playing career
Football
1903–1906

Georgetown
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1908
1909–1910
1911
1912–1915
1920–1921
1925–1926
1928–1930
1936–1938

Basketball
1909–1911
1913–1915
1920–1921
1924–1927

Baseball
1910–1911
1914
1922–1923
1925–1927

Georgia
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
Virginia Tech
LSU
South Carolina
William & Mary
William & Mary


Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech
LSU
South Carolina


Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech
LSU
South Carolina
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1909
1925–1926
Virginia Tech
South Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall 98–55–9 (football)
109–33 (basketball)
70–54–2 (baseball)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

James Branch Bocock (March 10, 1884 – May 25, 1946) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach.[1] He served as the head football coach at the University of Georgia (1908), Virginia Tech (1909–1910, 1912–1915), the University of North Carolina (1911), Louisiana State University (1920–1921), the University of South Carolina (1925–1926), and The College of William & Mary (1928–1930, 1936–1938), compiling a career college football record of 98–55–9. Bocock was also the head basketball coach at Virginia Tech (1909–1911, 1913–1915), LSU (1920–1921), and South Carolina (1924–1927), tallying a career college basketball mark of 109–33, and the head baseball coach at Virginia Tech (1910–1911, 1914), LSU (1922–1923), and South Carolina (1925–1927), amassing a career college baseball record of 70–54–2.

Coaching career[edit]

Although official records give Bocock credit only for coaching the Georgia Bulldogs football team in 1908, he also coached the last three games of Georgia's 1907 season. In 1907, Georgia head football coach Bull Whitney was caught in a controversy over the revelation that there were at least four paid professionals on the Georgia and Georgia Tech teams during the game played that year. As a result, Georgia removed all known ringers from its team and Whitney was forced to resign, handing the coaching duties over to Bocock for the last three games. Georgia was 2–1 in those three games.

At Virginia Tech, Bocock was the team's first true professional coach and the first head football coach to receive a full-time salary.[2]

Later life[edit]

Bocock died at the age of 62 on May 25, 1946 at his home in Blackstone, Virginia.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Georgia Bulldogs (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1908)
1908 Georgia 5–2–1
Georgia: 5–2–1
Virginia Tech Hokies (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1909–1910)
1909 Virginia Tech 6–1
1910 Virginia Tech 6–2
North Carolina Tar Heels (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1911)
1911 North Carolina 6–1–1
North Carolina: 6–1–1
Virginia Tech Hokies (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1912–1915)
1912 Virginia Tech 5–4
1913 Virginia Tech 7–1–1
1914 Virginia Tech 6–2–1
1915 Virginia Tech 4–4
Virginia Tech: 34–14–2
LSU Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)
1920 LSU 5–3–1 0–3
1921 LSU 6–1–1 2–1–1
LSU: 11–4–2 2–4–1
South Carolina Gamecocks (Southern Conference) (1925–1926)
1925 South Carolina 7–3 2–2 T–10th
1926 South Carolina 6–4 4–2 T–4th
South Carolina: 13–7 6–4
William & Mary Indians (Independent) (1928–1930)
1928 William & Mary 6–3–2
1929 William & Mary 8–2
1930 William & Mary 7–2–1
William & Mary Indians (Southern Conference) (1936–1938)
1936 William & Mary 1–8 0–5 16th
1937 William & Mary 4–5 1–3 T–13th
1938 William & Mary 3–7 0–4 15th
William & Mary: 29–27–3 1–12
Total: 98–55–9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Additional sources[edit]

  • Reed, Thomas Walter (1949). Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. History of the University of Georgia; Chapter XVII: Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947 imprint pages 3493

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