Brock Bovaird (1997-99) was a game changer on the hardwood for Head Coach Dave Niland. Bovaird is one of the best point guards to ever play for the Behrend Lions.
Bovaird transferred in to Behrend from Clarion University for his final two seasons, and left a permanent impression on the program by guiding the team to a 39-16 record.
In his first season, Bovaird was named the AMCC Newcomer of the Year and garnered first-team all league honors after averaging 15.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, and 3.4 apg. He led the blue and white in scoring in 13 of 27 games as a junior, and also connected on 50% of his three-point attempts—ranking in the top ten of Division III players. Bovaird was named to a pair of all-tournament teams and led the program to the inaugural men’s basketball conference tournament title, after scoring a game-high 22 points in the title game. Behrend was then selected to its third ECAC postseason bid.
Bovaird’s senior season was spectacular. Bovaird was named the AMCC Player of the Year and again to the first-team all-star squad. After scoring 12.9 ppg, he increased his rebounding and assist totals in his second season while leading the blue and white to a school record 21 wins and lifted the program to its highest regional ranking of second in the NCAA East region. After capturing the conference regular season title, Behrend capped its history breaking year by winning the program’s first-ever ECAC South Region Championship. After the season, Bovaird was named the 1998-99 Behrend Male Athlete of the Year. Then he followed that up by being selected honorable mention All-American by the Division III News, and was selected as the program’s MVP for the second straight season.
At the conclusion of his career, he was the all-time leader in three-point percentage at 46% and ranked ninth all-time for career assists with 228. He averaged a cool 14 ppg and tallied 769 points in two seasons of work.
A graduate of Brockway High School, Bovaird is a Behavioral Health Therapist in Brookville.