Matt Brock is in his fourth season as coach of the Missouri Baptist men’s basketball team. Inheriting a team that had won just 6 games in the previous year, Brock has directed the Spartans to an impressive turnaround, winning 87 games, averaging just under 22 wins per season.
MBU has had a historical 2018-19 season. After starting 20-0, the Spartans have won the AMC Conference Championship and won a record 28 games. Missouri Baptist was named NABC Team of the Week and was ranked as high as #3 in the country . MBU qualified for the NAIA tournament for the first time since 2005 and Brock was named Conference Coach of the Year.
In 2017-18 MBU won 23 games their best season since 2004. The Spartans set a record for conference wins (15) and spent 8 weeks in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. MBU has had three victories over the NAIA’s top 10 including the program’s first ever win over a top 5 opponent. His 2015 nine-man recruiting class made an immediate impact in the American Midwest Conference improving from 11th the year before to 4th. The Spartans improved their overall win total by 13 and finished 19-12 overall, MBU’s best record in a decade. In February of 2016, Brock was named NAIA National Coach of the Week by HoopDirt.com.
Under Brock, the Spartans have won with a formidable defense. MBU has been ranked among national leaders each year in scoring defense (1st this year) and defensive FG% (1st this year). They finished 2017-18 as the #2 Defense in the nation giving up just 0.92 points per possession. MBU’s efficiency on offense has jumped as well. They led the AMC in FG% (48%) in 2016 and 2019. In 2017, MBU averaged over 81 points per game, which was the most since 2007. The Spartans have the NAIA's 2nd best scoring margin (+16.7 PPG).
Players have excelled at MBU: Pablo Hernandez was named AMC Player of the Year in 2018-19. Players have earned NAIA All-American honors four times, as well as eleven players made All-AMC conference teams. Missouri Baptist has excelled off the court as well. In the fall of 2018, the team posted a record 3.35 GPA. The Spartans have received the NAIA Scholar-Team Award as well as the NABC Academic Excellence Award each year, Chris Buzzell, David Gabrovsek and Pablo Hernandez were Academic All-Americans, four have made the NABC Honors Court and 28 team members have received academic all-conference recognition.
Prior to Missouri Baptist, Brock spent three seasons at AMC rival Columbia College, where he helped to lead the Cougars to a 93-11 record, including two regular season titles, two conference tournament championships and three NAIA National Tournaments. The 2012-13 team had a 35-1 record and the school’s first #1 national ranking.
Prior to his time in Columbia, Brock had stops at Green City High School (Mo.) and Hannibal-LaGrange University (Mo.) before heading to Pittsburg State University (Kan.), where he helped to lead the Gorillas to the MIAA Championship Game in 2012.
Brock began coaching after a successful playing career at Truman State University (Mo.). There, he served as team captain in 2005-06 and helped to lead the Bulldogs to 20 wins and an NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. He played high school basketball at Camdenton (Mo.) for his father, Skip Brock, a member of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Brock and his wife Sheryl, an instructor at MBU, reside in St. Louis with their children, Hope and Matthew.