Trojans name Brock as Williams’ successor

New Lee County baseball coach Brandon Brock is a long-time assistant and former player.

New Lee County baseball coach Brandon Brock is a long-time assistant and former player.

LEESBURG — In all the years Lee County athletic director and former baseball coach Rob Williams has known Brandon Brock, there has been one thing that has stood out about him: his passion.

And Williams said it’s that passion that makes Brock, who was named the new head baseball coach at Lee County on Wednesday, the perfect successor to him after he stepped down from the position last month.

“One of the biggest things is that Brandon bleeds the red and white of the Lee County Trojans,” said Williams, who had been head coach of the Trojans since 1989 before retiring. “He is really passionate about the baseball program and about baseball. He takes as much pride and gets as excited to put on a Trojans jersey as our players do.”

Brock, a former player at Lee County, has been an assistant coach with the Trojans for the past eight years and worked closely with the corner infielders the past four seasons. He found out about his promotion Wednesday morning and is still letting the news sink in.

“Coaching is something I have wanted to do since I played for coach Williams,” said Brock, who graduated from Lee County in 1994. “I knew I wanted to coach, but as far as coaching at Lee County, I have been blessed. It could have been at a 1,000 different schools, but it happened here. This is my home.”

Brock, who currently teaches social studies and advanced placement courses at Lee County High School, won the job over half a dozen other candidates who interviewed, and Williams is confident the program is now in good hands.

“When Brandon played for us, he might not have been the best player on the team, but he played as hard as he could every day,” Williams said. “As a coach, that’s what you really like to see in someone, someone who gives their all. And that’s how he coaches, too.”

Brock will be following in the footsteps of Williams, a coaching legend who had a record of 529-205 in his 25 years at the school and won 15 region championships. Brock knows it will be difficult to live up to Williams’ success.

“On one hand, it will be tough. He is a legend,” Brock said. “He is highly respected in baseball circles. He has strong roots in South Georgia, and for 25 years when he was head coach he had just one losing season. That consistency every year is what a lot of teams can’t find.

“But on the other hand, it will be easy because of what he left behind. The expectations are there.”

Williams’ one losing season was this spring when the Trojans finished 10-18 and got swept in the opening round of the playoffs by Starr’s Mill.

Brock believes that season will be just a “blip on the radar” for the Lee County program.

“One bad year in 25 won’t do in a program like this,” he said. “The biggest challenge will be keeping that pride and respect that Lee County has intact, but that’s not fleeting in one year.”