North Brunswick lands area native to lead its football program

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Pending board of education approval, Brunswick County native Larry Brock is coming home to take over the North Brunswick High School head coaching position for its football program, according to Athletics Director Randy Fennell.

The Scorpions have been searching for their new leader after longtime coach Garry Bishop announced his retirement in late March. Bishop, who took over the North Brunswick program in 1993, is credited with turning around a team that enjoyed just one winning season in the two decades leading up to his time on the sidelines in Leland.

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He finished his career with a 155-94 record and served as the longest tenured coach among the high school football teams in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

Brock spent the last four seasons as head coach at Western Harnett High School, with a combined record of 14-31. The stop at Western Harnett was his first head coaching job after serving as  offensive coordinator at Myers Park in Charlotte and as an assistant at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville.

Brock is a graduate of South Brunswick High School. He played football and served as a thrower on the track team at Appalachian State University. He also spent nearly a decade as a high level competitor in Scottish Highland Games.

Brock would become the third new football coach across the tri-county area this year. Earl Smith was introduced as the new coach at New Hanover High School in mid-February, while Jeff Turner took over the Ashley Screaming Eagles in late January.

West Brunswick and Hoggard have yet to make an announcement regarding their head coaching vacancies. Scott Braswell stepped down as head coach of the Vikings after 18 seasons in late March. West Brunswick parted ways with Bob Hanna earlier this month after just one season.

Joe Catenacci is a sports writer for Port City Daily and host of The Sports Connection on 103.7 FM at 6 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Saturdays. Reach him at joe.c@portcitydaily.com.