Athletics News

UTA honors longtime Maverick staffer

June 12, 2018

ARLINGTON, Texas -- One of the longest-tenured and most popular staff members in UT Arlington athletics history was honored last weekend at a special surprise reception at his favorite local establishment -- No Frills Grill.

John Mocek, who has spent the last 45 years as a student-athlete, coach and administrator at UTA, and his wife, Pattye, were treated to the surprise reception by a group of current and former co-workers and friends. He will officially retire from his position as Senior Associate Athletic Director this summer.

A 1977 UTA graduate, Mocek arrived on campus from his native Chicago in 1973. He lettered four years as a first baseman on the baseball team.  He finished his career as the program's record holder in home runs and runs batting in during conference play.

Beginning in 1978, Mocek was named the athletic business manager under athletic director Bill Reeves.  He served in nearly every possible capacity in the Maverick athletic department. He managed events and facilities, served as the department's ticket manager and promotions director, announced events via public address, radio and television and oversaw department operations. He even maintained fields, served as an equipment manager and assisted with sports information duties.

In 1983, "Moe" became the assistant baseball coach and, for the next 14 years, served as Head Coach Butch McBroom's third base coach.  He helped lead the Mavericks to a pair of Southland Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.  

For the last 20 years, he has been a key member of the department's executive staff - first under Athletic Director Pete Carlon and, since 2012, for current Athletic Director Jim Baker.

In addition his responsibilities in athletics, he served as a member of the faculty, teaching advanced techniques of coaching baseball and the history and business of baseball in UTA's Department of Kinesiology. He also served as an official scorer for Major League Baseball at Texas Rangers games, officially scoring nearly 400 games in 13 seasons.

Mocek, his wife, Pattye, and children John and Elizabeth - all diehard Chicago Cubs and Bears fans - loved vacationing in Estes Park, Colo.

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