Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick
Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick enters her fifth year in 2011-12 as an assistant coach at the University of Florida, traveling to Gainesville after spending the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons in a similar position at UNC Charlotte under head coach Amanda Butler.
Kirkpatrick gained additional coaching and playing experience from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), where she spent two years as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech (2002-04) and was a four-year letterwinner at Wake Forest (1997-2001). She also collected knowledge as an assistant coach at Jacksonville University during the 2004-05 season.
During the 2011 summer, Kirkpatrick was invited to return to her alma mater as a presenter for the two-day sports conference, “Losing to Win: Discussions of Race and Intercollegiate Sports.”
When Butler was named the Gators’ head coach on April 13, 2007, it was an easy decision for her to ask Kirkpatrick to make the move to Gainesville with her. During their two years together in Charlotte, the 49ers compiled 40 wins, captured a share of the 2006 Atlantic 10 regular-season championship and earned a pair of postseason berths.
Kirkpatrick, like the other Gator assistant coaches, will head an academic team which is comprised of current squad members who report directly to her with progress of their classroom endeavors, supplementing the attention each player receives from Judy Traveis, the Gators’ academic advisor.
Additionally, Kirkpatrick works closely with fellow assistant coach David Lowery as the Gators’ recruiting coordinator, while aids in the scouting of opponents. She pairs with assistant coach Murriel Page in the development of the post players for the second consecutive year, after providing tutelage of the guards for the first three seasons during when Trumae Lucas earned a spot on the 2009 Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team.
Kirkpatrick also coached the guards at Charlotte, helping Sakellie Daniels earn First-Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors in 2006 and Wendy Stywalt a place on the A-10 All-Rookie Team in 2007.
Prior to joining the 49ers on Butler’s inaugural staff, Kirkpatrick was an assistant coach at Jacksonville for the 2004-05 season. During that time, Kirkpatrick worked primarily with the Dolphins’ post players, while assuming the role of recruiting coordinator and handling scouting duties.
Kirkpatrick broke into the coaching ranks for the 2002-03 season at Georgia Tech under then-head coach Agnus Berenato, helping the Yellow Jackets win 20 games and earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in program history. Berenato departed following that record-setting campaign for the University of Pittsburgh, while Kirkpatrick remained on staff in Atlanta for 2003-04 before heading to Jacksonville.
A successful collegiate playing tenure afforded Kirkpatrick the opportunity to play professionally in France for Nantes-Reze 44 during the 2001-02 season before launching her coaching career.
Kirkpatrick earned a bachelor's of arts in history and sociology in 2000 and a master of arts in education in 2001 from Wake Forest University. She enjoyed an outstanding career in Winston-Salem, where the two-time captain averaged 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest during her four-year career. As a senior in 2000-01, the six-foot forward garnered honorable mention All-ACC honors after contributing 10 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. During her time as a Demon Deacon, Kirkpatrick was a first-team academic all-district selection and a four-year member of the ACC Student-Athlete Honor Roll. Despite having to take a medical redshirt (ACL) for the 1996-97 season that delayed her collegiate debut, Kirkpatrick did not miss a game during her four-year career, appearing in all 111 contests and earning 57 starts.
The daughter of Weaver and Brenda Kirkpatrick, she is most often referred to as ‘Coach Mock’ or ‘Mock,’ which is her middle name, also her mother’s maiden name.
A native of Waynesville, N.C., Mock graduated from Tuscola High School in 1996 as a decorated student and athlete. While maintaining a 4.2 grade point average, she lettered in softball and volleyball in addition to her stellar hoops career, where she was an honorable mention All-America selection by Street & Smith and USA Today in 1995 and 1996, while setting two state records for free throws: most in a game (25-of-25) and most consecutive (39), totaling 51 points in the game she hit 25 free throws.
Kirkpatrick at a Glance
Full Name: Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick
Hometown: Waynesville, N.C.
Birthdate: June 21, 1978
High School: Tuscola H.S. (1996 graduate)
College: Wake Forest Univ. (B.A. in History and Sociology, 2000; M.A. in Education, 2001)
|2002-04||Georgia Tech Assistant Coach|
|2003 NCAA Appearance|
|2004-05||Jacksonville Univ. Assistant Coach|
|2005-07||UNC Charlotte Assistant Coach|
|2006 Atlantic 10 Co-Champions; 2006 & 2007 WNIT Appearances|
|2007-Present||Univ. of Florida Assistant coach|
2009 NCAA Tournament; 2008, 2010 & 2011 WNIT Appearances
|College:||Wake Forest Univ. Four-year Letterwinner (1997-01)|
|Professional:||Nantes-Reze 44 in Nantes, France (2001-02)|