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SPRINGFIELD — After building Missouri Baptist into a force to be reckoned with in the NAIA the past four seasons, Matt Brock will try to do the same at the NCAA Division II level.

Brock was announced as the University of Illinois Springfield's men's basketball coach Monday afternoon.

He accrued an 87-40 record over four years at Missouri Baptist starting in 2015 and finished this past season 28-5 while winning the American Midwest Conference regular season title and reaching the NAIA tournament for the first time in 14 years. The Spartans also set school records for wins and achieved the highest national ranking in program history, getting as high as No. 3 in the country.

Missouri Baptist previously went 7-23 and 7-24 in the two seasons before Brock arrived.

"When I talked to people about the job opening at UIS, Matt Brock was the one name that kept coming up," UIS athletic director Jim Sarra said in a press release. "In order to win a championship in the GLVC, you have to have one of the top defenses in the league, and Matt has a proven track record in building great defenses. He has also built his program with players with high academic achievements and good character in the community. I am excited to welcome Matt and his family to the Prairie Stars family."

Brock replaces former coach Bill Walker, who went 59-80 over five seasons with the Stars. Walker was announced as the head coach at Missouri S&T in March.

"It's an honor and a blessing to be joining the University of Illinois Springfield family and the Springfield community," Brock said in the press release. "We are excited for the future of UIS basketball and ready to work hard with young men who will represent our program in a first-class manner. I am grateful to Chancellor Koch and Jim Sarra for the opportunity, and their vision of excellence for UIS athletics."

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