The Brock team colors are blue and gold. However, this coming season the school will add Lavender.
As in Shawna Lavender, the Lady Eagles’ new head basketball coach. Brock Athletic Director Chad Massey announced her hiring recently, noting she is the former director of basketball operations at SMU for four years and was the head women’s basketball coach at Abilene Christian University for nine years.
“She is really impressive,” Massey said. “We are lucky to get her.”
Lavender replaces Chance Westmoreland, who left to take over the girls head coaching job at Argyle. He replaced former Brock coach Skip Townsend, who led Argyle to the past three Class 4A state championships before retiring.
Between them, Townsend and Westmoreland led the Brock girls to eight state championships between 2002 and 2013. Westmoreland was an assistant on title teams in 2002-03, 2005 and 2009-11 and won two titles as a head coach in 2012 and 2013, along with finishing second in 2014 and 2016.
Lavender posted a 149-111 record during her time leading the Lady Wildcats at ACU. They posted seven Lone Star Conference Tournament appearances and two NCAA Tournament berths. She also coached three All-Americans.
Lavender played in the state tournament for Georgetown High School and followed by playing four years of college ball for SMU as Shawna Ford. She led the Mustangs in assists, steals, and 3-point field goals during her senior season (1996-97). She also scored 42 points in SMU’s 127-125, four-overtime victory at TCU on January 25, 1997.
Following graduation from SMU she got her masters degree in education from ACU and was a graduate assistant on the coaching staff before taking over in 2003.
“She has a little boy and wanted to spend more time with her family,” Massey said. “She wanted to get into the high school ranks.
“We talked to several of her ex-players and the thing that stands out was the relationship with them, her mentoring of young lady athletes. It means more to her than coaching.
“Kids know if a coach is in it for themselves. We don’t have any coaches who are in it for themselves.”
Westmoreland will also be the girls sports coordinator at Argyle.
“My dad was a coach and my mom was a teacher and the longest I lived in a place growing up was six years,” Westmoreland said. “I never had any intention to leave Brock. Argyle is the best school in 4A and I’m leaving the best school in 3A.”
He said he will be keeping a close eye on his former team, though playing them is likely not to happen in the near future.
“I want this group of girls to do really well, but I’m in a different role, more of a fan,” he said. “We probably won’t play them anytime soon. At the end of the day there’s enough good teams to play. When Skip left we did the same thing. No one’s got anything to prove.”
He would love to see the Lady Eagles at the state tournament in San Antonio next season - along with his own new team.
“That’d be a dream scenario,” he said. “And I don’t think it’s too far-fetched.”
MIHOK NEW BROCK TENNIS COACH
Adam Mihok has been named the new head tennis coach at Brock, replacing Greg Joy who is taking over public relations director duties for the Brock School District.
“It’ll be fun. I love coaching, but there are only so many hours,” Joy said. “I’ve been around a long time and I’m looking forward to it.”
Joy has lived in Brock 30 years, was previously on the school board and has worked for the school district 10 years.
This year Joy coached Dylan Davis and Will Paschal to a runner-up finish in boys doubles at the Class 3A State Tournament.
“I’m excited about Adam/ He’s full of energy and he’ll be a great fit,” Joy said.
“Adam goes 100 miles an hour all the time,” Massey said. “It’s fun to watch him and listen to him. The kids are going to enjoy working with him.”
SHOUSH TAKING OVER BROCK CC
Westmoreland also coached cross country, a job now turned over the head girls track coach Keith Shoush.
Shoush coached Sarah Rattan to a fifth-place finish in the long jump this season. He will continue to be the girls track coach, Massey said.
“I think he’ll do a great job with long distance runners,” Massey said. “He has a passion for that and is doing a great job with track.”
OTHER AREA HEAD COACHING CHANGES
Volleyball - Claire Gay new coach, Kathy Goings retired after 21 seasons, 20 district championships, three state tournament berths and over 600 victories.
Boys track - Robby Jones new coach, Blake Christensen left to become assistant football coach at Weatherford.
Football - Billy Mathis new coach, Weldon Nelms retired.
Girls basketball - Alan Weaver new coach, Ron Berry left to become head coach at Miami (Texas).
Boys basketball - Reagan Cox new coach (former assistant), Josh Jones resigned to take teaching position in Weatherford ISD.
Softball - Gerri Lawyer new coach, Weaver moved to girls basketball.