Interim Tag Removed; Bocock to Lead Elon Softball Program

ELON, N.C. – Elon University Director of Athletics Dave Blank announced Sunday that the interim tag on head softball coach Kathy Bocock has been lifted and Bocock will remain at Elon in her same head coaching position.

“We are pleased with the direction of our softball program and excited about the leadership that Kathy and her staff have provided all season long,” Blank said. “Her work ethic and the energy surrounding Elon softball – including the construction of Hunt Softball Park set to begin this coming week – are great to see and we are thrilled to have her continue to lead our program.”

The 2012 Phoenix (24-27) won two games in the Southern Conference Tournament last week before being eliminated by College of Charleston on Friday evening. Elon got off to a hot start to begin the year, winning 14 of its first 17 games, including a series sweep in the league opener against Furman. One of the highlights of the season was a 7-1 victory at NC State, marking the first victory over the Wolfpack in seven years.

Bocock spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Elon prior to becoming the interim head coach last August. In 2010, Bocock assisted Elon softball to its most successful season in program history as the Phoenix won the SoCon Tournament and finished the year with a program-record 38 victories. A year later, the Phoenix posted a 30-24 record, including a 19-7 mark in league action.

Bocock also spent one year as a volunteer assistant at Elon where she assisted with the academic progress of student-athletes, on-campus recruiting functions, practice and game preparations.

Prior to her stint as a volunteer assistant, Bocock was the Senior Women’s Administrator at Averett University where she governed female equality in the athletics department and advised the Student Athletic Committee. Bocock also spent 15 years (1993-2007) as the head softball and women’s basketball coach at Averett. At the helm of the Averett softball program, she helped the team to the 1995 regular-season co-championship and was named the Dixie Conference Coach of the Year for her efforts. She also led the 2000 squad to a 31-13 record and a regional ranking of third. Bocock coached Averett to the 2004 USA South Softball Tournament Championship.

As a student-athlete at Ferrum College, 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 is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure services from Ferrum in 1986.