Family matters guided Greg Brock in 2009 to resign from coaching the Mountain View baseball team in Loveland after 10 years of enormous success. Now, it seems family is bringing the renowned former major leaguer back into the high school mix.
This time around, the Mead Mavericks hope to fully benefit from having a man who played 10 years at the game's highest level in their dugout.
Brock was hired in the off-season to replace Wes Sells, who spent two years guiding MHS in the Tri-Valley League. But while he's always enjoyed coaching, his tenure with the Mavericks is serving another purpose.
"(Returning to coaching) really started with my son-in-law, Alex (Anaya), who has been teaching down at a small academy school in Flagstaff and coaching baseball there, too," Brock, a longtime Los Angeles Dodger and Milwaukee Brewer, said recently. "My daughter and he moved back up here, and he has a lot of interest in being a baseball coach.
"Through some interviews with Mr. (Frank) Buck (Mead's athletic director), we just kind of came up with a plan to coach together and we'll see where it leads. I've always loved coaching and never lost interest in it. I got out of it to watch my son play his final season of college ball. Getting back out on the field, I knew I'd like to do it."
It's hard to say whether immediate success will follow as it did when Brock took Mountain View to a Class 4A state championship in just the third season of that program's existence (2002), but Brock is looking forward to possibly putting MHS on the map.
Mead finished 10-9 last year, the second time in five seasons it has been above .500. Several players return from that team, a core that Brock said has shown promise in leadership while yet another transition takes place.
"Easton (Adler) and Gunner (Pickett), those are two kids who have had past successes and we've got to get good performances out of them if we're going to be successful," Brock said. "But I think we will get that because they've been working hard.
"The potential is there with a lot of our kids, and we've been having a lot of fun. There's a ton of competition within the team for playing time, and really nothing much is set in stone right now. Kids are battling for spots, and that's the way you want it."
Brock said Anaya will coach the Mavericks' summer team, too.