Army fires football coach Stan Brock

WEST POINT, NEW YORK (TICKER) —Army fired football coach Stan Brock on Friday, less than one week after the Black Knights completed their 12th straight losing season with another lopsided loss to Navy.

Brock, 50, posted a 6-18 record at West Point and presided over a team that lost to Navy by a combined margin of 72-3 over the last two years.

Army went 3-9 this season, which ended last Saturday with the service academy’s seventh consecutive loss to rival Navy. The Midshipmen rolled to a 34-0 triumph, establishing the longest winning streak in the history of the rivalry.

After serving as an Army assistant under Bobby Ross for three years, Brock was named the Black Knights’ head coach on January 29, 2007.

But Army, which has not had a winning season since 1996, failed to improve during Brock’s tenure. The Black Knights’ only wins in the last two years have come against Rhode Island, Temple, Tulane (twice), Eastern Michigan and Louisiana Tech.

“I’d like to thank Stan for his hard work and dedication to the Army football program the past five years and wish him and his family well in the future,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said. “Stan and his family have been valued members of our athletic program and have made a significant impact in the West Point community.”

“I support the Athletic Director’s decision,” said Lt. Gen. Buster Hagenbeck, West Point Superintendent. “This was not a hasty or emotional decision, and Stan has been a great member of our community. But winning is particularly important to the military academy and to an army at war. There is no substitute for victory.”

Army went 9-25 in three seasons under Ross and has posted an overall record of 30-108 since 1996, when the Black Knights went 10-2 under Bob Sutton.

“Winning is very important to everyone associated with the Army football program,” Anderson said. “We will find an individual that provides our cadet-athletes with the best opportunity for success both on and off the football field.

“Our stated goal is to deliver a winning product that wins the Commander in Chief’s Trophy and earns postseason bowl bids, a program of which graduates, soldiers and fans around the world can be proud.”

Army certainly had little to take pride in this season, as the Black Knights suffered five losses by at least 18 points.

In the 119-team Football Bowl Subdivision, Army ranked just 116th in scoring offense (14.8 points per game) and 109th in total offense (287.7 ypg).

“We have a search committee and will seek the advice and counsel of academy leadership during the search process,” said Anderson, who stated that the search to find a new head coach would begin immediately. “We will not have a timetable to hire a new coach. It is more important to find the right person to lead this football program.”