Brock Vice and his father, Vance, shared a special moment every time he scored a touchdown this season.
For most people, it would seem that it is nothing more than players and coaches celebrating a goal. But for Brock and his dad, it was theirs.
Brock’s dad usually celebrated with a lineman. He’s an offensive line coach. They jump up, fold their arms at their elbows, and cherish the moment.
After missing most of Bullock’s high school career due to coaching, Vance was happy to finally see his son in his element.
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“It’s a win-win,” Vance said of being able to help out in Houston this season.
As a result, Vance took a year off from college-level coaching. For him not to miss such a moment.
Vance, who has taken a job as an offensive line coach at UNLV since his high school season ended, helped Houston football during his non-coaching season in college. That allowed him to be around his son during his senior year of football.
Brock told his father that if he was coaching this year, he would be playing.
“I was pretty shocked because I had no idea how much fun it was,” said Vance, who has been coaching for 32 years.
Brock, who earned Region 8-6A All-Region First Team honors as a wide receiver this season, grew up playing both football and basketball, but focused on basketball after a burgeoning freshman year. Now
Currently 6 feet 11 inches and a St. Louis basketball signer, he is focused on growing his basketball career. However, he could not pass up the opportunity to play for his father for the first time in his life.
“I think it made him happier,” Bullock said.
Bullock said he and his dad have a great relationship.
“The first day he beat me in the basketball driveway, I knew he could be pretty good,” Vance said.
This year he averaged a double-double with the Mustang, scoring 28 points in a 71-62 win over Overton at the 901 Tournament of Champions on December 20th. He is also one of the top basketball prospects in his 2023 class in his Memphis area. .
Football season is over and Brock is ready to go back to basketball only. He spent most of his spring and summer training in both soccer and basketball. He enjoyed getting back into football after taking a break from his junior year, but he’s back in basketball now.
But there are always moments when Brock and his dad can share the field together as players and coaches.
“I thought, ‘This is why I’m doing this,'” Vance said of his feelings as Brock scored his first touchdown of the season. “Then I started to realize how fun it was.”
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