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
Alma mater Georgetown University
Playing career
Football
1903–1906 Georgetown
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1908 Georgia
1909–1910 VPI
1911 North Carolina
1912–1915 VPI
1920–1921 LSU
1925–1926 South Carolina
1928–1930 William & Mary
1936–1938 William & Mary
Basketball
1909–1911 VPI
1913–1915 VPI
1920–1921 LSU
1924–1927 South Carolina
Baseball
1910–1911 VPI
1914 VPI
1922–1923 LSU
1925–1927 South Carolina
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1909 VPI
1925–1926 South Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall 98–55–9 (football)
109–33 (basketball)
70–54–2 (baseball)

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 Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (VPI)—now known as 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 VPI (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 VPI (1910–1911, 1914), LSU (1922–1923), and South Carolina (1925–1927), amassing a career college baseball record of 70–54–2.

Early years[edit]

Bocock was a quarterback for the Georgetown Hoyas.[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 VPI, Bocock was the team's first true professional coach and the first head football coach to receive a full-time salary.[3]

Later life[edit]

Bocock died at the age of 62 on May 25, 1946 at his home in Blackstone, Virginia.[4]

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 3–2–1 6th
Georgia: 5–2–1 3–2–1
VPI (Independent) (1909–1910)
1909 VPI 6–1
1910 VPI 6–2
North Carolina Tar Heels (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1911)
1911 North Carolina 6–1–1
North Carolina: 6–1–1
VPI (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1912–1915)
1912 VPI 5–4
1913 VPI 7–1–1
1914 VPI 6–2–1
1915 VPI 4–4
VPI: 34–14–2
LSU Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)
1920 LSU 5–3–1 1–3
1921 LSU 6–1–1 2–1–1
LSU: 11–4–2 3–4–1
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]

  1. ^ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11844-55135-96?cc=1861144&wc=MMRW-Y9Z:38187655
  2. ^ "Georgetown's Captain". The Pittsburgh Press. February 13, 1906. 
  3. ^ "The first 117 seasons of football at Virginia Tech". hopkiesports.com. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ AP (May 25, 1946). "Branch Bocock, Vet Grid Coach, Dies". Miami Daily News. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 

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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