Bringing more than 10 years of Division-I experience at several high-major institutions, Kelly Jean Brock was named the Director of the FGCU Student-Athlete Learning Center in May of 2014 .
“We are excited to have Kelly joining our Eagles Athletics Family,” Director of Athletics Ken Kavanaghsaid. “She brings a wealth of experience from four quality D-I institutions and we look forward to her spearheading the continuation of our proud academic accomplishments.”
Brock brings a plethora of expertise to FGCU, with previous stints at the University of Central Florida, DePaul University, the University of Tennessee and the University of Minnesota. Most recently, Brock spent three years as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising at Minnesota.
“This is an exciting time to be at FGCU and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the continued success,” Brock commented. “I look forward to working with the outstanding student-athletes, coaches, staff, faculty and community.”
As the Director of the Student-Athlete Learning Center, Brock will develop a strategic vision for the center in cooperation with Kavanagh, Dr. Jim Wohlpart, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Dr. Ludmilla Wells, the Faculty Athletics Representative. Brock will serve as the primary academic liaison to selected sport teams and will be responsible for designing and implementing success plans to assist student-athletes in enhancing their skills in areas of educational deficiency and maintaining successful advancement toward their degree programs.
Brock will also be responsible for working with individual at-risk student-athletes and monitoring academic progress of all student-athletes, while creating a culture for positive change and a climate of academic honesty.
“Kelly will allow us to build on the incredible work that the Student-Athlete Learning Center staff have completed over the last year (and before), with student-athlete GPAs higher than the general student population, with a high level of service-learning and with many student-athlete honors students,” Dr. Wohlpart added. “Her experience and professionalism will be a great asset to athletics, academics and the university as a whole.”
While at Minnesota, Brock worked closely with athletic leadership to help instill the vision and mission of the university and the Big Ten Conference. She coordinated graduation plans for the men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and rowing teams, and in turn helped lead the men’s basketball team to consecutive semesters with the program’s highest Grade Point Average in team history.
Brock provided effective learning strategies for at-risk student-athletes and provided academic compliance updates to coaches and staff. She also oversaw the Gopher Grad program which targeted former student-athletes and provided academic support for former student-athletes interested in completing their education. While at Minnesota, Brock was responsible for planning and executing the 2013 N4A Regional Conference (National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics).
Brock inherits a tremendously successful student-athlete population at FGCU as in the fall of 2013, the Eagles posted a record-tying 3.31 semester GPA and record-breaking 3.33 cumulative GPA. FGCU student-athletes exceeded the FGCU undergraduate semester mark (3.02) for the 10th consecutive semester and 14 of the past 15 semesters.
Individually, 27 of FGCU’s student-athletes finished with a 4.0 GPA for the semester, representing more than 10 percent of the entire student-athlete body with a perfect grade for the term. Among the overall population of 257 student-athletes, nearly 77 percent (199) posted a fall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 40 percent (107) achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above.
Brock was named the Assistant Director of Thorton Athletics Student Life Center at the University of Tennessee in 2008. During her three-year term in Knoxville she directed day-to-day and long term academic support for all student-athletes and served as a supervisor for academic coordinators. Brock provided training and supervision for a staff, maintained a budget for the department and instructed a first-year studies seminar.
With help from Brock, the Vols men’s basketball program jumped nearly 50 points to produce an APR (Academic Progress Rating) score of 973. She also helped create campus-wide initiatives to support freshmen and sophomores and to aid high-achieving student-athletes.
Prior to her time at UT, Brock was an Athletic Academic Advisor and Learning Specialist at DePaul University beginning in September of 2005. At DePaul she created a system to routinely verify academic performances with professors, coaches and staff, while supervising graduate assistants, tutors, academic coaches and student workers.
Brock advised the men’s basketball, tennis and men’s golf teams in curriculum selection, registration and major decision. She helped lead the men’s basketball team from below the APR minimum threshold of 925 to a position on the NCAA APR Public Recognition List.
Brock began her career at UCF where she served as an Athletic Academic Advisor from July 2004 to September 2005. At UCF, she advised the men’s and women’s basketball teams, instructed an introductory seminar for incoming freshmen and served as an orientation liaison for the university.
The Florida native attended Florida State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science and Sport Management. She earned a Master’s of Science in Student-Athlete Development from Michigan State University and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Sport Sociology from the University of Tennessee. Brock is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. She received the N4A Professional Promise Award in 2007 and has since presented on several topics at the organization’s regional convention.
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