MOULTRIE — Former Colquitt County assistant coach Brent Brock will coach the tight ends at Middle Tennessee next season, joining the staff of new Blue Raiders coach Rick Stockstill.

Brock, who has been the head football coach at Jackson County High the last four seasons, was a college teammate of Stockstill’s at Florida State University in the early 1980s.

He has been a high school head coach for 14 seasons and was an assistant coach at Colquitt County High for nine years.

“Personally, this is the most exciting time of my coaching career because I am working with someone I consider as family and a person who is committed to making Middle Tennessee the best it can be,” Brock said.

“I look forward to working with this incredible staff here at Middle Tennessee.”

Stockstill was named as the head coach at Middle Tennessee last month after 24 seasons as an assistant coach on the college level.

“We are very excited about Brent and his wife joining the Middle Tennessee family,” Stockstill said of Brock and his wife Missie. “In hiring Brent, it gave me a chance to bring someone in who has experience starting a program from the ground floor.

“With Brent playing at Florida State, he saw first-hand how Coach (Bobby) Bowden established the program, which was very attractive to me. He experienced the effort, work and enthusiasm it took to build Florida State and I am excited about bringing that energy to Middle Tennessee.”

Brock grew up in Albany and played at Albany High. He went to Florida State, where he played offensive line under Bobby Bowden and was a member of the 1980 and 1981 Orange Bowl teams.

Brock received his master’s degree from Albany State and his Educational Specialist degree from Florida State.

After a year as a volunteer coach at Godby High in Tallahassee, he joined Jim Hughes’ staff at Thomasville in 1982 and came to Moultrie with Hughes a year later.

Brock was an assistant at Colquitt County from 1983-1991. While in Moultrie, he was the offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, assistant head coach and strength coordinator.

While at Colquitt County, he was on the staff of the 1991 Colquitt County team that met LaGrange for the state championship.

In 1992, he became head coach at Worth County High, where he stayed for four seasons. While in Sylvester, his final two teams reached the state playoffs and his 1995 team was 8-3 and was the Region 1-AAA co-champion.

Brock went on to become head coach at Fitzgerald High, where he coached four seasons. He then served as the offensive coordinator and strength coach at Westside-Macon under Robert Davis for two seasons.

In 2002, he took over as head coach at Jackson County, a region 8-AAAA program in Jefferson. The Panthers were 2-8 the last two seasons.

Stockstill was named on Dec. 11 as the Blue Raiders head coach, succeeding Andy McCollum.

The former honorable mention All-American quarterback goes to Murphreesboro from South Carolina, where for the last two seasons he worked first for Lou Holtz and, last season, for Steve Spurrier.

Stockstill began his coaching career at Bethune-Cookman from 1883-1984 before going to Central Florida for four seasons.

In 1989, he went to Clemson, where he stayed until 2002. He was the offensive coordinator at East Carolina in 2003 before joining Holtz at South Carolina in 2004. During his career, Stockstill also has worked for Danny Ford, Tommy Bowden, Ken Hatfield and Tommy West.

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