The Obit For Leon Brock

Former Cape Fear High coach Leon Brock dies

The Fayetteville Observer
Wednesday, February 04, 2009


Leon Brock was remembered Wednesday for his fiery demeanor on the basketball court and his charm and warmth away from it.

Brock, highly successful basketball coach at Stedman and Cape Fear high schools, died after a prolonged illness.

He was 77.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville.

Brock was in the second class of inductees into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame in 2004.

He pitched briefly in the Cleveland farm system before earning his degree at East Carolina.

He became coach at Stedman and was there 10 years when it was consolidated into Cape Fear. His final 23 years in coaching were with the Colts.

He had 488 basketball wins and 177 baseball wins. At one point his teams won seven consecutive Pioneer Conference basketball titles.

He won his only state title in 1966, when he took over the Stedman football team from Buck Hall early in the season and guided the Rams to the championship.

Lyndon Brown, Cape Fear athletic director, played for Brock at Stedman in 1959 when the veteran coach won his first game, against Gray’s Creek.

“He was dynamic, entertaining, passionate,’’ Brown said. “It was an adventure playing for him. He really cared about his kids.’’

In 2006, the basketball court at Cape Fear was named in honor of Brock.