"Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick is the epitome of UNC Asheville’s vision of Champions in Athletics and Leaders in Life. She has been a champion both as a player and a coach. She always strives to achieve the best out of herself as well as her team through showing respect for others, possessing a hard working attitude, and demonstrating to her team, peers, and community her ability to be a servant leader. She is dedicated to helping others achieve their dreams. Coach Mock is a true Bulldog!" –Director of Athletics, Janet R. Cone.
Waynesville native Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick is in her fourth year as head coach of the UNC Asheville women’s basketball program.
In the 2015-16 season, Kirkpatrick earned Big South Conference Coach of the Year honors while leading her team to the biggest turnaround season in NCAA Division I women’s basketball, finishing the year with an overall record of 26-7. She was also named the Division I women’s basketball Coach of the Year by HERO Sports.
Asheville hosted many decorated Bulldogs as a part of the 2015-16 campaign that paved the way to Asheville’s success on and off the court. Under Coach Kirkpatick’s leadership, junior Chatori Major earned Big South Conference Player of the Year and Conference Tournament MVP honors, along with her teammate, Tianna Knuckles who received Big South Second Team All-Conference honors as well as being named an All-Tournament team selection. Paige Love earned Big South All-Academic team honors and was recognized as the first student-athlete to receive the University’s William and Ida Friday Award for Service to Community.
The 2015-16 season was a record-breaking year for the Bulldogs in many ways. After being picked to finish eighth of ten teams in the league’s preseason poll, they began the year by matching the best start in school history (9-1) on their way to program-high regular season wins (26) and conference wins (16). Kirkpatrick also led the Bulldogs to the program’s first ever Big South Conference Regular Season Title, a Big South Conference Tournament Championship and an NCAA first round appearance.
In 2014-15, the Bulldogs finished 9-22 but saw 10 of those losses come by a single-digit margin, including six coming by just three points or less.
In 2013-2014 the Bulldogs finished with 11 wins, the most for the program in four seasons. Asheville had landmark nonconference victories over Furman and Eastern Kentucky. In addition, the Bulldogs downed Liberty, giving the Blue & White its first home win over the Lady Flames in 17 years. Asheville earned a 43-42 win over Radford in the first round of the Big South Conference Tournament. The win was the Bulldogs first tournament win in seven years.
Kirkpatrick joined the Bulldog program after serving as an assistant to Amanda Butler at the University of Florida for five years. She helped lead the Gator program to five consecutive post-season berths, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Before going to Florida, Kirkpatrick worked at Charlotte for two years when Butler was the head coach of the 49er program. 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 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 NantesReze 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’s 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, and also her mother’s maiden name.
A native of Waynesville, 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 was the Asheville Citizen-Times Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons. She played for John Best at Tuscola in basketball.