Mike Stock (American football)

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Mike Stock was an American football coach from 1961[1] through 2009.[2] He coached for 26 years at the collegiate level, 17 years in the National Football League, one year in the United States Football League, and one year coaching high school football in Ohio; altogether he coached 14 different teams.[1] His career included four and a half seasons as a head coach at Eastern Michigan University,[3] where he is remembered for his role in a school-record 27-game losing streak.

College athlete[edit]

Stock played fullback at Northwestern University under coach Ara Parseghian. From 1959-1960 he led the team in rushing.[1] Stock won Kodak and UPI All American honors in 1960, as well as All-Big Ten honors in 1959 and 1960.[citation needed] He was co-captain of Northwestern's 1959 and 1960's football teams.[citation needed] Stock also played catcher for Northwestern's baseball team and earned All-Big Ten honors in 1959.[citation needed]

College assistant[edit]

Following his graduation, Stock served as freshman coach at Northwestern University in 1961 before serving in the U.S. Army. After leaving the army, he worked for one year as an assistant coach at South High School in Akron, Ohio. In 1966 and 1967 he coached the freshman team at the University of Buffalo, before working as Navy's coach for wide receivers and running backs the following year.[1]

From 1969 through 1974, Stock rejoined Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame, first as freshman coach and subsequently as wide receivers coach. During his time there the team won the 1971 Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas, and went undefeated to win a national championship in 1973, and the team posted a record of 55-10-1.[4] From 1975 through 1977 he coached under John Jardine at Wisconsin, first as running backs coach, and then as offensive coordinator.

Eastern Michigan University[edit]

Stock's tenure as head coach of the Eastern Michigan Eagles football team is primarily remembered for his role in a school-record 27-game losing streak from 1980 through 1982, including a winless season in 1981.[3] He was fired after the team lost the first three games of 1982, including a 49-12 pasting at Louisiana Tech and 35-0 shutout at Miami University (OH), bringing the losing streak to 22 games;[3] the team went on to lose five more consecutive games under interim coach Bob LaPointe before the streak was broken with a 9-7 win over Kent State on November 6, 1982.[5] Stock's teams were held scoreless seven times, only won three Mid-American Conference games, were outscored by a total of 809 points — nearly 18 points per game,[3] and his final record of 6-38-1 gives him a 14.4% win percentage, easily the lowest of any coach to remain at Eastern more than one season.[6]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (1978–1982)
1978 Eastern Michigan 3-7 1-5
1979 Eastern Michigan 2-8-1 1-7
1980 Eastern Michigan 1-9 1-7
1981 Eastern Michigan 0-11 0-9 10th
1982 Eastern Michigan 0-3 0-1
Eastern Michigan: 6-38-1 3-29
Total: 6-38-1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

Assistant coach[edit]

After leaving Eastern Michigan University Stock returned to working as an assistant coach. In 1983 he coached the New Jersey Generals offensive backfield, including running back Herschel Walker. He then returned to Notre Dame, where he coached wide receivers and running backs through 1986. From 1987 through 1991 he coached special teams, then wide receivers, and finally tight ends for the Cincinnati Bengals. From 1992 through 1994 he coached wide receivers at Ohio State. From 1995 through 2000 he was the special teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. From 2001 to 2003 he was the Washington Redskins' special teams coach. In 2004 he was the special teams coach for the Saint Louis Rams. For the 2006 through 2008 seasons, including the 2009 playoff run, he was special teams coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Mike Stock". Green Bay Packers. 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  2. ^ a b Seifert, Kevin (2009-01-26). "Hot stove: Green Bay Packers". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-04-22. "Coaching changes:...Special teams coordinator Mike Stock retired." 
  3. ^ a b c d "Mike Stock Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Ara R. Parseghian Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Eastern Michigan Yearly Results 1980-1984". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Eastern Michigan Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-04-22.