Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Coach Charlie Brock
in 2012-13 will enter his 15th season as the head coach at Springfield College and his 33rd season as a head coach overall.
Brock’s achievements as a coach are certainly impressive. He has taken three schools to the NCAA Division III Tournament and has an overall, 32-year record of 440-397 for a winning percentage of .525. At Springfield he is 211-168 (.556).
Brock, however, is far from just a successful coach; he’s also a committed educator and community leader. In April, 2006, Brock was named to serve on the prestigious National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors. Also in 2006, he was named to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Committee. Since 2002, he has been a member of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee, which made national news in May, 2007 when they changed the distance of the men's collegiate three-point line from 19' 9" to 20' 9". That took affect at the start of the 2008-09 season. Also within the past two years, he completed a term of 22 years as a member of the NABC Academics Committee, a committee in which he was the chair. Locally, Brock is the director of the Springfield College Pride’s Literacy Awards program, which is associated with Verizon, the City of Springfield and the Community Foundation of Western Mass. The purpose of this program is to promote the importance of reading to children, targeting first through third grades. He is also a contributing writer to the popular NABC publication, Courtside.
Brock has maintained a long tradition of SC coaches who have lent their teaching skills to other countries. Brock headed south in May of 2008 as one of the lead clinicians to Venezuela. Through the Venezuelan Basketball Association, Brock lectured and helped instruct over 125 coaches. In the summer of 2005 he traveled to Taiwan to lecture and conduct clinics to various Taiwanese age groups. Members of the Taiwanese Basketball Federation have spent extended periods of time observing Coach Brock in season.
In September of 2004, he accepted an invitation to travel to Eastern Europe to hold two days of clinics for over 200 coaches in Estonia. Brock has since been asked to take an active role in the Estonian Basketball Association.
In the Fall of 2009, Brock was selected as the Chair for the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Committee. In that role, Brock headed up acommittee that ultimately decided who will played in the 2010 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. The committee consisted of the Regional Chair from each of the eight (8) regions, with Brock maintaining his role as chair of the Northeast Region as well.
Since taking over as head coach at Springfield College, Brock has also carried on the long and proud tradition of basketball on the Alden Street campus. In 2006, Brock helped guide talented scorer Derek Yvon '06
towards breaking the school's all-time scoring record (2,103). In 2007, Anthony Pizzo '07
broke the SC career assist mark (523).
The 2011-12 season was highlighted by the play of NEWMAC Player of the Year Alex Berthiaume
as the Pride went 17-10. Springfield once again advanced to the NEWMAC Championship game but a last-minute rally by MIT thwarted the Pride's bid at a trip to the NCAA Championship.
The 2004-2005 NCAA team finished at 22-7 and tied WPI for the regular season championship with a 10-2 record before losing in the semifinals of the conference tournament. Brock’s youthful team (only one of the team's starters in the final nine games was a senior) won its last seven and 10 of its final 11 regular season games. Brock's squad went on to the NCAA's as it gained an at-large berth.
The 2001-2002 season was a memorable one. SC won ten of its first 11 games – one of the best starts in school history. The Pride captured the Holiday Inn/Naismith Classic, holding off high-powered Marymount (Va.), 71-67, in the championship game. Numerous individual milestones were reached, including Brock becoming the 52nd active coach in Division III to win 300 games in a 59-48 win at Wheaton.
In the 1999-2000 campaign, he led SC to a 21-9 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. SC won the NEWMAC Tournament title after finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the conference during the regular season. For his efforts, he was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year.
In his first season as SC’s head man, Brock’s ‘98-‘99 team posted a 19-8 record and just missed earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament after placing second in the inaugural NEWMAC Tournament.
Brock, a 1976 Springfield College graduate, resurrected the men’s basketball program at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In the 1997-1998 season, he guided the Tigers to a 21-6 record and their third consecutive winning season and first 20-win campaign in 30 years. Trinity advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, the team's first post-season appearance since 1969. Brock was selected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Coach of the Year.
Prior to taking the post at Trinity in 1989, Brock was the head basketball coach at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., where he compiled a 45-38 record in three seasons (1986-1989). He led the Gusties to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 1989, and participated in two NCAA Division III Tournaments. Brock began his coaching career at Drew University in Madison, N. J., where he spent six seasons (1980-1986).
As an undergraduate at Springfield College, Brock was a three-year member of the men's basketball squad coached by former director of athletics Ed Bilik. Brock also served as an assistant coach under Bilik for three seasons (1976-1979).
A native of Hopkinton, Mass., Brock earned his bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Springfield College in 1976 and a master’s degree in physical education at SC in 1980. He was recently promoted to full professor of physical education.
Brock has three children, William, Christiana, and Chase.
Assistant Coach Pete Broaca
One of the top names in New England Division III coaching circles, Pete Broaca is entering his 15th year as a member of the Pride coaching staff. In the fall of 2009, Broaca was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, and very deservedly so. He is a past President of the New England Basketball Coaches Association, and has served on several National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) committees over the years. Broaca has 25 years of head coaching experience, including positions at Coast Guard (1971-1984), and Western New England College (1986-1993). He led both to NCAA Division III Tournaments in 1979 and 1990, respectively, and was selected as the Northeast Region Division III Coach of the Year both seasons. In September of 2004, the 1978-79 Coast Guard Academy team was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Broaca, who received the Collegiate Basketball Officials’ Association Sam Scoenfeld Sportsmanship Award for the 1990-91 season, also served as head coach/freshman coach at Pascack Hills (N.J.) High, Milford Academy, and Jamestown Community College. Broaca served as an assistant coach at three schools, including American International College for four seasons. He was an assistant coach under Henry Bibby with the Springfield Fame of the United States Basketball League during its inaugural season in 1986. Broaca also was the associate head coach/freshman coach at the University of Massachusetts for five seasons (1966-1971), where he coached Julius Erving, Rick Pitino, and Al Skinner. Broaca is a 1959 graduate of Boston University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education, health education, and recreation. While at BU, he was a member of the baseball and basketball teams. Broaca earned his master’s degree in physical education at Penn State in 1961, and his C.A.G.S. in sport studies from Connecticut in 1985.
Assistant Coach Jim Mack
Jim Mack returns to his alma mater and will begin his first season on the sidelines this upcoming campaign. A local product from Westfield, Mass., Mack played for Brock from 2002-2006 and was a member of the 2005 squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Championship. Mack spent the last six seasons on the coaching staff at Sabis Charter School in Springfield, five of which he served as the Bulldogs head coach. At the reigns, Mack led Sabis to three Western Mass. title, two trips to the state championship game, a state title in 2010, and an overall record of 93-22. He was twice honored as the MBCA Coach of the Year in ’08 and ’10 and was named the Springfield Republican Coach of the Year in 2011. He is currently working on his Masters degree in Sport Management after earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics. Mack will be charged with recruiting, player development, and in-game tactics.
Assistant Coach Paul Tait
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Paul Tait is in his second year as an assistant coach at Springfield College. He graduated from California State University of Northridge with a degree in kinesiology. Over the past eight seasons, Tait has been part of five nationally-ranked high school teams with a combined 224-29 record at the varsity level, including three California state titles, four regional titles, and seven conference titles. He was the JV head coach and varsity assistant at Village Christian HS ('00-'04); the varsity assistant at Campbell Hall ('04-'09); and varsity assistant at Taft HS ('09-'11) where he won a Los Angeles City Section title.Tait will continue his education at Springfield College, where he expects to earn a master's degree in athletic administration. Paul will serve as a JV coach, scout, and recruiter at Springfield College.
Assistant Coach Shawn Hallahan
A native of Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania, Shawn Hallahan is in second year as an assistant coach at Springfield College. He graduated from Penn State-Altoona with a degree in communications. He was previously a student-assistant coach at Altoona under coaches Alan Seretti and Billy Clapper. Hallahan will continue his education at Springfield College, where he expects to earn his master's degree in athletic administration.