Bob Brock, head coach of the Bearkat softball team since 2002 and a Sam Houston graduate, was one of nine men named as the inaugural group of inductees for the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony took place at a special luncheon Monday, October 28, at the Campbell Center Doubletree Hotel in Dallas.
The Southwest Conference (SWC) Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame which is first Southwest Conference class since 1995.
Brock ranks 11th among NCAA Division I active softball head coaches in total career victories with 1,047 amassed during his 28 seasons at Sam Houston, Texas A&M and Baylor.
Joining Brock as inductees in the inaugural 2013 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame are University of Houston track coach Tom Tellez, Rice running back Trevor Cobb, former Arkansas head football coach Frank Broyles, Texas Longhorn basketball and baseball player Jay Arnette, Texas Tech basketball player Rick Bullock, Baylor basketball and baseball standout Jerry Mallett, SMU basketball star Gene Phillips and former TCU athletic director and baseball coach Frank Windegger.
“Being included with such prestigious names from the great Southwest Conference days is indeed an honor,” Brock said. “This was really an exciting day.”
Brock served as head coach at Baylor from 1980 to 1981 and at Texas A&M from 1982 to 1996. Six times he directed teams to the College World Series, winning national titles in 1982, 1983 and 1987 and finishing as runner-up in 1984 and 1986.
"This honor really belongs to all the great players who played for me at Texas A&M," Brock said. "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to coach them and am grateful to the selection committee at Texas A&M for this honor."
In September, 2006, Brock was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.
Brock has coached 21 All-Americans, 60 All-Regional honorees and two members on gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Teams.
He was honored as National Softball "Coach of the Year" in 1983 and received National Softball Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year honors in 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1991. He received a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State in 1969 and his Master's Degree in criminology from Central Texas University in 1978.
The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame now will be one of four separate halls of fame within the confines of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame's physical structure in Waco. The halls of fame include the Texas High School Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and, now the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.