WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Coach Roc Batten

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Roc Batten is the Head Football Coach, Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Camps at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. Originally from Detroit, MI, Roc attended Bishop Gallagher HS and was a four-year letterman in football, basketball, track & field and a one-year letterman in baseball. Roc went on to earn a full football scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he earned his BS in Human and Organizational Development and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. As a member of the football program he was a 2-year starter and was a member of the Academic All-SEC Team his Sophomore and Junior season. During his Junior season, he finished the year with 4 interceptions which was tied for team lead and played on the #1 Defense. During the 1998 season, Roc was voted Team Captain by the team but his career was cut short due to a neck and arm injury. During that season, Roc started his coaching career and spent five years on the Vanderbilt coaching staff including his last season as the Outside Linebackers coach and Recruiting Coordinator.

He later moved on to the high school level coaching at Montgomery Bell Academy as Defensive Back Coach/Head Freshman Coach while working with a community youth program, Backfield in Motion. During his time at Montgomery Bell Academy, he was part of two State Football Championships. From MBA he moved on as a Founding Faculty Member at Ensworth High School working as the Director of Service Learning, Director of Summer Programs, Defensive Coordinator for Football and Assistant Track & Field Coach. At Ensworth, Roc created a Service Learning program that allowed students to connect with over 75 local organizations yearly for community service and two summer International service opportunities in Kenya and Costa Rica. He was also part of Ensworth first State Championship in Football. Since being the Head Coach at Battle Ground Academy, he has led the team to 3 District Championships, State Championship Runner-Up, two semifinal appearances and was named the 2016 Division II A-Middle East Coach of the Year.

During Roc’s coaching tenure, he has had the pleasure of coaching 43 players that moved on to play college football and 8 players that have played/playing in the NFL. Roc lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Sone-Serae Batten and their three children Aliyah, Isaiah and Makaylah. They attend Bethel World Outreach Church. He enjoys spending time with his family, music, working with youth at BGA and in the community.

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