Bob Brock, head coach of the Bearkat softball team since 2002 and a Sam Houston graduate, ranks eighth among NCAA Division I active softball head coaches in total career victories with 1,114 wins amassed during his 33 seasons at Sam Houston, Texas A&M and Baylor.
He stands as one of only 29 head coaches in NCAA softball history to total more than 1,000 career victories and picked up his 1,100th victory during the 2016 season.
Brock will be one of four honorees to be inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) at the organization’s Hall of Honor at the next annual convention in New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2016.
Brock served as head coach at Baylor from 1980 to 1981 and at Texas A&M from 1982 to 1996. Six times he directed teams to the College World Series, winning national titles in 1982, 1983 and 1987 and finishing as runner-up in 1984 and 1986.
Since returning to his alma mater as head coach, Brock has directed the Bearkats to 383 victories, the most by any head coach in Sam Houston’s 35-year softball history.
His teams’ achievements include Sam Houston’s first NCAA Division I regional playoff appearance (2007) and four trips to the Southland Conference tournament finals in league post-season appearances.
Brock also is a former Women’s Professional Fastpitch League head coach.
When Brock became SHSU head coach in 2002, the program had fallen on hard times. Sam Houston won three national championships (AIAW in 1981, NCAA Division II in 1982, and NIT in 1993) and three Southland titles (1988, 1990, and 1993). But, between 1998 and 2001, the Bearkats finished either ninth or 10th in the league.
Brock was voted 2005 Southland Conference “Coach of the Year” after SHSU finished as runner-up and reached the tournament finals.
Sam Houston won the Southland tournament title in 2007 and, in the NCAA College Station regional, defeated Louisiana-Lafayette before falling to Texas A&M in the regional semifinals.
The Bearkats have earned a Southland Conference post-season tournament berth seven of the last 10 seasons. The Bearkats reached the tournament finals in 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2013.
Brock came to Sam Houston after three years as assistant coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He helped direct the Vols to their first appearance in the NCAA Regional playoffs.
In 1997, he was head coach of the Tampa Bay Firestix in the Women's Professional Fastpitch League. He joined the University of Tennessee staff in 1999. He also managed his own hitting and pitching clinics in College Station for nine years.
Brock has coached 21 All-Americans, 60 All-Regional honorees and two members on gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Teams.
Bob BrockIn November, 2013, Brock was one of nine men named as the inaugural group of inductees for the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. In September, 2006, Brock was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame
He was honored as National Softball “Coach of the Year” in 1983 and received National Softball Coaches Association Regional “Coach of the Year” honors in 1986, 1987, 1990 and 1991. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State in 1969 and his Master’s Degree in criminology from Central Texas University in 1978.
Katy Adair enters her second season as assistant coach with the Sam Houston State softball program and works with the program's pitchers and outfielders.
With the help of Adair, Sam Houston made the Southland Conference Tournament for the fourth time in five years during 2016. The team rallied to finish Southland play with 11 wins in 18 games.
She previously served as a graduate assistant at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.
A 2014 graduate of Belhaven with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration, Adair tutored a pitching staff that compiled a 2.94 team earned run average on the way to a 31-23 season last spring. One of her pitchers earned All-Region honors.
A two-year letter-winner in the circle for the Green and Gold, Adair compiled a 24-12 career record with a 2.88 ERA. She hit .315, finishing with 95 hits and 55 RBIs. She led the pitching staff in appearances and innings pitched while chalking up a 15-7 record and a 2.51 ERA as a junior in 2013. She finished the 2014 season with a 9-5 mark and a 3.50 ERA in 20 games. At the plate, she hit .353 with 54 total hits, 13 doubles and one triple.
Adair played at Magnolia High School in Magnolia, where she lettered in each of her four years. She was named as an All-District selection each year, while also being named to the Montgomery Country first team and the All State first team. Additionally, she was named to the first team Greater Houston and received a Defensive Player of the Year award.
She spent two years at Galveston College, where she was an All-Conference selection in 2012.
Garrett Valis is in his third year with Sam Houston State softball and works specifically with the program's hitters and infielders.
With the help of Valis, the Bearkats made the Southland Conference Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years in 2016.
Sam Houston finished its 2016 season ranked near the top of the league in several offensive categories including fourth in batting average (.287), fourth in hits (392) and fourth in slugging percentage (.406).
Prior to Sam Houston, Valis served as the head coach for the Austin Storm Gold Under-18 team in Austin. He was coached the outfielders and assist with hitting at Texas State in 2009.
Previously Valis was an assistant coach at Concordia University from 2005 to 2008 where he was in charge of hitting and outfielders. He also was an assistant coach for the Houston Power Under-18 Gold Select team in 2003 and 2004.
"We're excited to have Garrett join the Bearkat program," Brock said. "He has been very involved in amateur softball in Texas for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sam Houston State."
Valis played third base and outfield at Ranger College from 2002 through 2004.
He holds a Master’s Degree from Texas State in physical education with a specialization in exercise science. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in Austin in 2007 where he was a kinesiology major.
Valis is a graduate of Saint Paul High School in Shiner, Texas. His twin sisters Haley and Jessica played softball at the University of Houston. Valis is married to the former Angela Shimek, also of Shiner.