ELON, N.C. – Elon director of athletics Dave Blank announced the promotion of Kathy Bocock to interim head softball coach of the Phoenix program. Bocock has served as an assistant coach at Elon for the past two years after working as a volunteer assistant during the 2008 season.
“We are very excited to have Kathy lead our softball program,” commented Blank. “Kathy has been an integral part of the success of our program in the recent years and we feel she has the skills and leadership qualities necessary to continue guiding Elon softball in the right direction. She has built incredibly strong relationships with our student-athletes which have always been, and will continue to be, the most important part of our athletic department.”
Upon being hired as an assistant coach for the 2009-10 season, Bocock helped lead Phoenix softball to its most successful season in history as Elon won the 2010 Southern Conference Tournament and advanced to its first NCAA tournament. The group, which produced a program-best 38 victories, was the first Elon women’s team to win a SoCon Tournament crown.
Bocock also spent one year as a volunteer assistant at Elon where she helped with the academic progress of student-athletes, on-campus recruiting functions, practice and game preparations.
Prior to her time at Elon, Bocock was the Senior Woman Administrator at Averett University where she governed female equality in the athletics department and advised the Student Athletic Committee. She also spent 15 years as the head softball and women’s basketball coach at Averett. During her time leading the Cougar softball team, Bocock directed the squad to the 1995 regular-season Dixie Conference co-championship and was named the league’s coach of the year for her efforts. She also coached the 2000 team to a 31-13 record and a regional ranking of third and her 2004 Averett team won the USA South Softball Tournament Championship to advance to the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in program history.
Bocock earned her bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure services from Ferrum College in 1986. As a student-athlete, Bocock was named the Co-Female Athlete of the Year during the 1982-83 season and served as the captain of the basketball team in 1982 and 1983.
Bocock has over 25 years of coaching and athletic administrative experience and is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.