Mike Bocock is back.
Already a Valley League Hall of Famer, a 7-time Jim Lineweaver Cup winner, and with more than 20 years of Valley League coaching experience, Mike Bocock has agreed to become the next head coach of the Woodstock River Bandits.
Mike has been around so long and has had so much success that we really need to list his vitals:
- Coached for 23 years (in the VBL)
- Career record of 535-388 in the regular season, 85-54 in playoffs
- Won 13 pennants
- Won 7 championships
- New Market (1989)
- Staunton (1995, 1999)
- Luray (2006, 2008, 2010)
- Waynesboro (2013)
- 2005 VBL Coach of the Year
- Member of the inaugural class of the Valley League Hall of Fame in 2016
So why now? Mike said, “I miss it!” He added, “I look forward to making Woodstock and the Valley League better.”
Bocock has named Paul Ackerman, assistant coach at Alleghany, as part of his coaching staff, and Gerald Harman will be the Bandits’ recruiting coordinator. Bocock and Harman were the architects of the Luray teams that won three titles in five years (2006-2010), and produced players like Daniel Murphy (2005-6), Yonder Alonso (2006), Alex Wimmers (2008), Drew Rucinski (2008-2010), and Ryan Schimpf (2008). They also brought Austin Gomber and Ryan Yarbrough to the same Luray team in 2012.
Watch for Woodstock to take a large step forward next summer. Welcome back to the league, Mike and Gerald!