Scott Brock

Linebacker's Coach

Scott Brock enters his second year as the linebacker’s coach at Carson-Newman University. He begins his 34th year in coaching and has coached on three national championship teams (two at Carson-Newman), seven state championship teams and one state co-championship team.

In 2019, Brock coached converted high school safety Rondrow Peebles in his first collegiate start at inside linebacker in a win against the University of West Florida (the 2019 NCAA DII National Champions). Peebles was honored that week as the Tennessee Sportswriters Association State Defensive Player of the Week (he was also named to the same award in week 10). Peebles was also named the South Atlantic Player of the Week the first week of play (9-9-13) and in week five (10-14-19). Peebles ended his junior season as an Associated Press All-America and was nominated for the Cliff Harris Award as the top small college defensive player in the country. Peebles nine sacks are the most by a Carson-Newman linebacker in a single season.

Before coming to Carson Newman, Brock served as the special team’s coordinator and defensive coordinator at East Central Community College in Mississippi. He also coached cornerbacks and linebackers. In 2018, the Warriors special teams finished third in the nation in returns and ninth in the nation in kickoff coverage. The Warriors claimed the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division Championship in 2016. It was the first time the Warriors won the south championship and its first division championship in 46 years since East Central played in the North Division (1970). The Warriors hosted a state home playoff game for the first time in the history of East Central (1928). It also marked the first back-to-back (2015 & 2016) state playoff appearances in 40 years (1976). In 2016, the Warrior defense finished 3rd in the nation in defensive touchdowns while finishing 7th in the nation in defensive touchdowns in 2015. As defensive coordinator and linebacker’s coach in 2015, the Warriors finished with its first winning season in 14 years. They were the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Champions. It was the fourth bowl appearance for East Central since 1928. East Central finished 10th in the nation in the final NJCAA final football poll. In 2013, the NJCAA statistically ranked the Warrior defense 60th out of 65 teams in scoring defense (40.7 points per game). In 2014, the defense improved to 20th in the nation in scoring defense (22.0 points per game) and in 2015 the Warriors surrendered 16.5 points per game finishing 5th in the nation in scoring defense (out of 67 teams).

In March 2014, Brock was published in the American Football Monthly magazine. The article was titled
“Developing a Defensive Foundation.” Brock also served as a football blogger for the publication.
During his time East Central, Brock also served as the defensive consultant to The Lamar School in
Meridian where he helped their program win back-to-back-to back MAIS Class AAAA Division II
Championships in 2016, 2017 & 2018.

Brock came to East Central from Florida where he served as Hilliard Middle Senior High’s athletic director, head track coach, assistant head football coach, defensive coordinator, special team’s coordinator, linebacker’s coach and offensive line coach. The Flashes were in the state playoffs in 2012 and in Brock’s first two years at Hilliard, the football program recorded back-to-back winning seasons in 2008 and 2009 and made it to the state playoffs for the first time in six years. Prior to coming to the Flashes, Brock served as the head track coach, defensive coordinator, special team’s coordinator, linebacker’s coach, secondary coach and head middle school coach for Charlton County High in Georgia. He helped coach the Indians to four Georgia state championships in a two-year span (back to back state championships in track 2005 & 2006 and back to back state championships in football 2004 & 2005). As the Indian track coach, Brock led the Indians to its first AA State Track Championship in 2005 going undefeated (48-0) without having a track to practice on. In 2004, Brock served as the defensive coordinator and helped lead the Indians to its first AA State Football Championship against powerhouse Buford High. At that time, Buford had won three consecutive state championships (2000-2003) and held the state record for consecutive wins in all classifications in Georgia (47). The football team finished as state co-champions in 2006 tying Dublin 13-13 in the state championship game.

Before that, Brock served as a defensive and special team’s assistant at Appalachian State University. He coached the secondary in 2002 and the linebackers in 2001. Before joining the Mountaineers, Brock served as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Middle Georgia College from 1998 to 2001. In 2000, Brock started seven freshmen and finished fifth in the nation in Total Team Defense (out of 71 teams). In 1998, Middle Georgia would become the best defense in the history of the NJCAA. Brock’s defense broke the all-time Total Team Defense of 72.8 yards per game and it still holds the NJCAA Rushing Defense record of 5.1 yards per game. The defense gave up only 5.0 points per game and included the 2001 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, linebacker Kendrell Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Prior to that position, Brock was the head football and head track coach at a first-year high school called Centennial in Franklin, Tennessee. In school’s first two football seasons, his teams recorded an 18-16 record. Brock spent the 1995 season as the head track coach, defensive coordinator and special team’s coordinator at Berrien County in Nashville, Georgia. Before that, he served as the defensive coordinator and special team’s coordinator at Brentwood High, Tennessee from 1993 to 1994. Brock helped Brentwood to their first playoff appearances in the school’s history. The defense in 1994, shutout their opponents a school record 17 straight quarters (five shutout games). In 1990, Brock served as the special team’s coordinator and secondary coach for the Charlotte Barons (a minor league team that turned into NFL Europe). The Barons went on to win the 1990 Minor League Football System (MLFS) National Championship. In 1989, Brock served as the receivers and tight ends coach for Carson-Newman College. In 1988, he worked as the secondary coach. During his two years Carson-Newman won back-to-back NAIA National Championships in 1988 and 1989.

In 1987, Brock majored in Athletic Administration and earned a Master of Education from The University of Memphis. In 1985, Brock earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications majoring in Journalism from the University of Tennessee. In his first coaching position, Brock served under his coaching mentor Coach Ken Donahue (Bear Bryant’s defensive coordinator for 21 years) as a defensive student assistant. That year Tennessee captured its first SEC Championship since 1969 and went on to win the 1986 Sugar Bowl defeating the University of Miami 35-7. It was definitely a great year to begin a coaching career.

Brock has been married 28 years to his wife Daniele. They have two children, a daughter Makaeya Vincent (22) and son Brooks (20).