MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Ron Prince announced Wednesday that current wide receivers coach Dave Brock has been promoted to offensive coordinator replacing James Franklin, who resigned his post to pursue a position as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at the University of Maryland.
A native of Moorestown, N.J., Brock’s 19-year coaching career includes stops at North Carolina, Temple, Hofstra, Salisbury State and Western Connecticut State, and also includes five total seasons as an offensive coordinator.
“Dave Brock is well respected in college football coaching circles as not only an offensive innovator and a relentless recruiter, but as a teacher who has a proven track record of getting the absolute best from his players,” Prince said. “Our offensive success this past season was in no small part to Dave’s ability and we are looking forward to him providing his leadership on offense.”
Brock, who just completed his first season at Kansas State, spent the previous two years at North Carolina, where he served as the Tar Heels’ assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Last season, Brock tutored Kansas State’s Jordy Nelson, who was a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist, as well as Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Deon Murphy. Nelson ranked second in the nation in receptions (10.2) and receiving yards per game (133.8) en route to setting 11 K-State receiving records.
K-State, which set school team records for passing yards, completions and attempts in a season, also ranked 20th nationally in passing offense, averaging 285.4 yards per game, and 21st in scoring offense (35.2 points per game). The Wildcats also finished the season with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,600-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in school history.
While at UNC, he tutored two of the top wide receivers in Carolina history in Jarwarski Pollock and Jesse Holley. In 2005, Pollock became the all-time leading receiver at Carolina with 177 career catches and Holley led the team with 47 receptions.
In 2006, Brock coached wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to honorable mention freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News as Nicks set UNC freshmen records with 39 receptions for 660 yards and four touchdowns.
Prior to North Carolina, Brock was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons at Temple, where he directed a spread offense attack that made the Owls’ offense one of the most exciting in the Big East.
In 2004, Temple ranked third in the Big East in rushing, generating 173.0 yards on the ground per game. The Owls also passed for 2,428 yards – the fourth-most in program history – and averaged 393.7 total yards per game with quarterback Walter Washington ending the year ranked 11th nationally in total offense, 21st in scoring and as the nation’s leader in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
In 2003, Brock’s inaugural season running the Temple offense, the Owls threw for 2,697 yards – second-most in Temple history – and set school records for passing first downs (135) and total plays (859).
As the offensive coordinator at Hofstra, the Pride posted a 9-3 record in 2001 and concluded the season ranked No. 7 in Division I-AA behind an offense that was second in the nation in total offense (491 yards/game), fourth in passing offense (301 yards/game) and fifth in scoring offense (37.9 points/game).
In 2000, Hofstra finished the year ranked No. 7 with a 9-4 record and also ranked among the nation’s top 20 in scoring offense, passing offense and total offense. During Brock’s last five seasons at Hofstra, the team averaged 35.8 points per game and 446.8 yards of total offense per contest.
Franklin, a Langhorn, Pa., native who has spent the last two seasons in Manhattan as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, will return to Maryland as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator after spending the 2000-04 seasons on the Terrapins’ staff as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
“James has truly been an asset to our organization both as a coach and a recruiter and we appreciate his contributions to Kansas State,” Prince said. “With this move, he has the opportunity to return to Maryland to direct its offense and further enhance his goal of becoming a head coach.”
“We will continue to add talented and excellent people to our organization,” Prince added. “And, we will continue to have other organizations recognize that by their many efforts to acquire those people. Our program's values here at Kansas State include developing all of our people so both they and we can achieve our goals.”