When Davey Kock took over the Ar-We-Va girls basketball program in 2005, he vowed to do everything in his power to help his girls be successful.
He scouted opponents thoroughly and produced detailed scouting reports on all of them. He watched hours upon hours of game film. He left no stone unturned on the practice floor.
“Every ‘T' was crossed, every ‘I' was dotted,” assistant coach Larry Siebert said. “He was all about the kids, and he just totally loved it.”
Kock, 53, died Tuesday at the Carroll Health Center due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare degenerative brain disorder characterized by sudden development of rapidly progressive neurological and neuromuscular symptoms. Kock fell ill in June, and had been diagnosed with CJD less than two weeks before his death.
Visitation with the family will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the United Church in Westside. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ar-We-Va High School in Westside.
Kock graduated in 1977 from Ar-We-Va, where he was a multi-sport standout. He attended Morningside College on a football scholarship, graduating in 1981 with a degree in agri-business.
He worked in the pork industry and married Ar-We-Va graduate Janine Jons in 1982. After several moves, they returned home in 1988.
Kock spent 15 years coaching girls basketball in the community, from fourth grade through high school. In seven years as varsity head coach, he compiled a 136-32 (.810) record. The Rockets reached the state tournament the past two seasons, finishing second in Class 1-A in 2011.
“He had a good rapport with the girls,” said Tim Bell, the school's activities director and boys basketball coach. “Davey was always a quiet individual. You never saw him get upset on the court. If he needed to say something, he'd pull all the girls together, or pull one girl aside and talk to her individually. They respected him.”
Siebert said he'll cherish the simple times, like the 45 minutes to an hour after practice they'd commonly spend discussing how to get the most out of their players. The Ar-We-Va assistant said Kock understood the importance of making every team member feel important.
“If we had 15 girls on our team, he got everybody involved in everything,” he said.
Survivors include his wife, Janine of Westside; two daughters, Kellsey and her husband, Wade Morrison, of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; and Kendra and her husband, Trent Fredericksen, of Bennington, Neb.; son, Jared Kock of Ankeny; parents, Kenny and Joyce Kock of Vail; one brother, Dan Kock of Westside and his children Jocelyn, Danielle and Alex.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to a scholarship fund in Kock's honor, to the United Church of Westside or to the Ar-We-Va Education Foundation.
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