Harrison administrators announced the hiring of David Brock as its new boys basketball coach Wednesday, looking to end a string of change that has seen three coaches in three years.
Brock, who spent the last season at Region 6AAAAAA rival Dalton, replaces Travis Farmer, who went 10-17 in his only year at the Hoyas' helm after succeeding Clay Crump, who is now at Lakeside-DeKalb.
"When we began the search for our next boys basketball head coach, we sought out to find a candidate who would build on the foundation of success that we expect from all of our athletic programs, and who would also foster a culture of excellence both on and off the court," Harrison athletic director Josh Hawk said in a release. "After a thorough and detailed vetting of the interview process, I'm very pleased to announce that we have found a candidate who not only has the qualities and character that were the driving force behind our search, but also the energy and commitment to exceed our expectations."
A 2009 graduate of LaFayette High School in northwest Georgia, Brock went on to graduate from Alabama. He began his coaching career as a student assistant under then-Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant.
Brock then spent one year as an associate head coach in the British Basketball League, before returning to the U.S. to serve as a graduate assistant at Oakland University in Michigan. Brock returned to Georgia in 2016 for his first head-coaching opportunity at Cass High School, which he lead to a 35-19 record over two years.
Dalton went 9-17 this past season, with a 3-13 record in the talent-rich Region 6AAAAAA. The Catamounts lost twice to Harrison, though both games were within single digits.
Brock told his Dalton players about his departure Tuesday, not long before being confirmed as Harrison's new coach.
"It’s been an incredibly difficult day. It’s been an emotional day. It’s hard to put into words," Brock told the Daily Citizen-News of Dalton. "I talked with the team (Tuesday), and it’s never easy having these conversations. I told them there was never a day that I wasn’t focused on being the head coach of Dalton. I was presented with an option that changes the dynamic of how I can support my family, and my wife and son are the most important people in my life."
Hawk said Brock will meet with the returning Harrison players in the coming week before scheduling an upcoming meeting with parents and players.