Coach Muriel Brock shaped the lives of female
student-athletes for many years.
For her selfless dedication, for her wisdom and for all the ways that she led on and off the field, a group of alumnae, parents of alumni and community members have joined together in a fundraising effort to name our new field hockey and girls’ lacrosse field in honor of Coach Muriel Brock.
The girls’ athletic director from 1956 until 1992, Coach Brock oversaw the program during a time of tremendous change in women’s sports.
Nobody could have done the job better. Excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork. These are qualities that Coach Brock espoused in 1956, and in 1992. On and off the field, Coach Brock nurtured the very best in those around her.
In addition to her leadership in athletics, she served as director of student activities and as a college advisor during her career with University Liggett School. She also started the University Liggett School Day Camp and ran it for more than 30 years.
“I played varsity sports at University Liggett School before leaving for boarding school. Yet I have felt and forwarded ‘The Brock Effect’ through my own career in sports as a player, a coach and an umpire. The Brock Effect is about playing for the love of the game. It comes over me still on clear, brisk fall days when I desperately want to play hockey. It’s why I have a dock box full of lacrosse sticks, balls, bats, birdies, racquets and a basketball half court in my garden. It’s very, very simply, part of who I am.”
– Susan Ford ‘63 GPUS
“A beautiful fall afternoon, the sun shining, wind blowing through the trees and the wonderful smell of fall might take us back to crossing Cook Road to the hockey field. Who was there waiting for us? Do you remember her trench coat, sneakers, and the ever present whistle? Miss Brock, Brick, or Muriel was there ready to get her teams on the field. No fooling around, get to work. Oh, that Mickey Mouse song inspired us all to play harder. Hooray for Mickey, our mascot. Some of us still remember when Brick arrived at GPUS in 1956: a new energy, a young woman perhaps just a few years our senior, and for many a new mentor and friend. Maybe field hockey was not your sport but tennis or basketball. Whatever the sport, SHE was there ... coaching, encouraging, blowing her whistle, always wanting more out of us. But sportsmanship and teamwork always came first!”
– Suzie Sisman Decker