Bocock pictured in Yackety Yack 1912, North Carolina yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
March 10, 1884|
|Died||May 25, 1946
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1928–1930||William & Mary|
|1936–1938||William & Mary|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
James Branch Bocock (March 10, 1884 – May 25, 1946) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. 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.
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.
Head coaching record
|Georgia Bulldogs (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1908)|
|VPI (Independent) (1909–1910)|
|North Carolina Tar Heels (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1911)|
|VPI (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1912–1915)|
|LSU Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1921)|
|South Carolina Gamecocks (Southern Conference) (1925–1926)|
|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|
- "Georgetown's Captain". The Pittsburgh Press. February 13, 1906.
- "The first 117 seasons of football at Virginia Tech". hopkiesports.com. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- AP (May 25, 1946). "Branch Bocock, Vet Grid Coach, Dies". Miami Daily News. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- 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