Stan Brock, a 16-year standout in the National Football League, was reunited with his former head coach after accepting Bobby Ross' invitation prior to the 2004 campaign to coach the offensive line at West Point.
Brock is one of several Black Knight assistant coaches who are very familiar with Ross' coaching style, having played for Army's football boss with the San Diego Chargers.
Brock played 13 seasons with the NFL's New Orleans Saints (1980-92) as an offensive tackle after he was selected in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft as the 12th overall selection. He was an All-Rookie choice in 1980 and went on to play in 186 games for New Orleans (No. 4 all-time in Saints history). At one point, Brock made 67 consecutive starts and was part of an offensive line that allowed a league-low 15 sacks in 1992. During his last six years in New Orleans (1987-92), the Saints compiled an overall record of 66-32 (.673). Brock was inducted into the Saints' Hall of Fame in 1998.
After becoming an unrestricted free agent in 1993, the Portland, Ore., native closed out his playing career with three seasons as the co-captain of the Chargers (1993-95) under Ross.
The highlight of his 234-game NFL career occurred during the 1994 season, when the Chargers won the AFC championship with a 17-13 upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, lifting San Diego into Super Bowl XXIX versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Brock, 47, was a four-year letterman at the University of Colorado, serving as team captain during his senior season. Once referred to as the "best pass blocker in college football" by Buffaloes' head coach Chuck Fairbanks, Brock earned first team All-Big Eight Conference honors as a senior and played in the Senior Bowl and Hula Bowl. He started every game at right tackle during his final two years.
Most recently, Brock served as the first head coach of the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (2000-01), adding the title of director of football operations. Prior to that two-year run, Brock spent three seasons as the head coach of the AFL's Portland Forest Dragons (1997-99). In 1999, he led the Forest Dragons to a 7-7 finish in only their third year in the AFL. Portland was ranked second in the league in every defensive statistical category but one. The Forest Dragons went 6-3 in their last nine games and narrowly missed the AFL playoffs.
In 1998, Brock's first full season as the Portland head coach, the Forest Dragons doubled their number of victories from the previous season.
Upon his return to the college game last fall, Brock played a large role in Army's rushing attack improving by nearly 100 yards per game from the previous year to rank 36th nationally.
Hailing from a football-playing family, Brock's brother, Pete, was a center for the New England Patriots for 12 seasons and another brother, Willie, was a draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brock and his wife, Lori, have four daughters: Sarah, 25; Jessica, 24; Rachel, 20; and Emily, 17. The family resides at West Point.