It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for new Charlotte head football coach Jason Brock, but a moment he’s dreamed of for most of his life — he is finally a head football coach.
Brock, a graduate of Angelo State University in San Angelo, was named the Trojans’ new head coach on June 26th. Monday, July 8, was his official first day.
“I’m really, extremely excited,” Brock said. “I’m excited for many reasons. One, it’s been a really long path. I’ve been with some really good programs and have some really good mentors. A lot of (athletic directors) have prepared me for this. You never know if you’re prepared or not. Now we get the opportunity to see. That’s the most exciting part.”
Brock comes to Charlotte and Atascosa County with heavy ties to West Texas.
The first-year head coach is a graduate of Eldorado High School, a town comparable to Charlotte about 40 miles south of San Angelo. His most recent coaching stop was a year-long stint as the defensive backs coach for Sweetwater High School in state’s Big Country region near Abilene. His stops also include coordinator stints at Bandera, Comanche and Cameron Yoe.
However, Brock’s first gig as an assistant coach is the one he regards as his big break. He spent three seasons as an assistant under longtime San Angelo Central and former Alice head coach Brent Davis.
That experience in the Concho Valley is what Brock is most excited to bring to Charlotte.
“That’s probably the most exciting part — to know I get to extend the branch of some really, really thick (coaching) trees and the tests they’ve had,” he said. “Brent Davis is South Texas. He was at Alice and Sinton. To bring a part of him back to South Texas along with Kyle Atwood and Flour Bluff and the Jourdanton staffs, it’s an honor to be a part of that and try to live up to their expectations.
“They’re some of the best in Texas. Brent, there’s not many better than him. Just to be a part of his coaching network and knowing what he does with his programs, to get to pass that on is truly an honor.”
The work began immediately for Brock and his staff, who he said has been working 10- to 12-hour days since his hiring.
“We came in and we started from scratch,” Brock said. “We rearranged weight rooms, doing the social media aspect, getting out there and getting to know the kids, it’s been tough this late in the game. But when you’ve got a community that supports you like Charlotte does — and there’s a little tradition there — a really good administration, school board, they’re on board. They’re making changes and going in the right direction. I’m just lucky to be on board with that. It’s been extremely busy, but extremely fun.”
The jump Brock has made with the long hours has led to an immediate buy-in from his players, as well.
“We’re going on week two and our numbers are growing,” he said. “That’s what it’s about. It’s about reaching out to the kids and showing you’re investing in their community and just going all in. They’re buying into what I’m preaching and we’re going all in.”
Eldorado, Brock’s hometown, is a town of a 1,951 according to the 2010 census and their athletic teams are classified the same as Charlotte — Class 2A in all other sports and Class 2A Division II in football.
Growing up in an atmosphere like that and playing in a community like Eldorado has made Brock relatable to the Trojan players. He regards that as the biggest hurdle he needed to clear after taking the job a little over a month away from the start of practices.
“I think when you can relate and you can relate in many different ways, whether it’s the size of the town, the makeup of the town and the citizens, I think that goes a really long way,” Brock said. “Eldorado really prepared me for this. I think our towns are similar in the makeup of it, whether it be the size or the dynamics. The kids’ backgrounds are real similar to mine.
“When you know you’ve been a part of that, kids see your true colors. When they see your true colors, they know what you mean. Right out of the gate, they realized I’m a small town guy and I know what it’s like.”
Brock also knows what it’s like to chase his dreams. That led to the Angelo State grad letting his dreams take a backseat to his wife Brianne’s of being a school administrator.
That sent the couple to Sweetwater so she could experience that. An administrative position also became available at Charlotte and the couple knew they had to take the opportunity.
“She was extremely big (in the decision-making). I mean to the point, without her blessing and her opportunity, I wouldn’t be here,” Brock said. “We’ve come to an agreement that she’s giving me the opportunity to climb and she stayed back and didn’t pursue her administration position until recently. As a family, that’s what we’ve felt was best. Like I said, if it weren’t for both of us, I wouldn’t be here.”
The Trojans are coming off a 7-4 season that ended with a 46-26 loss to Woodsboro in the bidistrict round of playoffs. After his first two weeks on the job, Brock knows his new team is ready for more.
“They’re hungry,” Brock said. “They went 7-4 last year and got beat in the first round. They’re looking for the person to take them to the next level and I feel I’m the person who can do that. They’re starting to feel I’m the person who can do that. Just to see them come to work ready to work, words can’t express. It’s a dream come true in the sense that most coaches have to work really hard to get that and I’m walking into a situation where they’re already there.”