Tireless Marriott and Brock undaunted by long days in bid to build a bright future
THE bags underlining Jay Marriott's and David 'Doc' Brock's eyes tell their own story.
Marriott and Brock today begin week six in charge of BBL club Plymouth University Raiders following former coach Gavin Love's surprise dismissal on September 7.
While Marriott's and Brock's workload has dramatically increased since their appointment, their hours asleep naturally have decreased.
Marriott and Brock were promoted to the posts of Raiders boss and assistant coach respectively from their positions running the club's blossoming academy at Ivybridge Community College.
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They continue to run Raiders academy alongside coaching the BBL team.
Typical week days begin at 7am, taking training at the academy before the school day begins before finishing at around 9pm after practice in Plymouth with the BBL squad.
That quickly equals a 70-hour week – before you add potential road-trips to Newcastle on weekends.
"We're both tired but we love our jobs and we're both that type of person that if we do 80 hours a week, we want to do 81 to make sure we're not missing something," said Marriott.
"That feeling will probably relax in time, but hopefully with hard work we can't really go wrong."
Raiders enjoyed their first BBL win of the new campaign at the Pavilions last weekend, against perennial title contenders Newcastle Eagles no less, 89-87 in over-time following a gripping thriller before backing that up with yesterday's win over Glasgow.
Marriott said: "The Newcastle game showed how desperate myself and Doc are to show the faith people have in us is justified.
"In that sense, the game gave us a little bit of calm.
"We definitely haven't relaxed, but we can feel now that we're starting to show people we're moving in the right direction."
Brock said: "I loved the Newcastle game. It's certainly a whole lot more fun than losing.
"You can relax and go out with friends after the game, and it's nice. But then you get home afterwards and it almost feels like it's time to get onto the next one."
American Brock, who is 22 and 10 years younger than Marriott, added: "Neither of us are going to allow ourselves to sit back and say after a win, 'That's a great feeling'.
"Yes, it is, but we both have so much to prove that we have no time to sit back for a second and say, 'Look at what we've done'.
"Down the road I'm sure we'll both look back and say, 'Man we were idiots to do the hours we did'. But those hours are going to pay off."
Proud Plymothian Marriott said: "It's refreshing that we beat Newcastle Sunday night and then first thing Monday morning we're back working with the academy players.
"We're enjoying the fact that this club is giving us the chance to build something special and, in the future, isn't just built every year on signing two or three good Americans – it's built on proper foundations.
"We're constantly doing our homework on GB standard players that we would like to come here and that we think as coaches we can develop."
Marriott added: "There's so much going on behind the scenes at the club at the moment, with things we're trying to put into place, that the time for us to really enjoy the job might be a year or two down the line.
"Then maybe you can sit back and take pride in it without having to annihilate yourself with the hours you work."
Marriott continued: "We don't want to let club management and our families down who have showed great faith in us.
"We feel we owe it to everybody to work this hard and at the same time while we feel we have momentum we want to build on it.
"People have come up to us after games this year who haven't come to Raiders games for years and said they want to come back.
"It's beautiful to receive compliments like that, but it then only makes you work even harder, because you see people support what you're doing."