What is Isaac’s Army? This is arguably the most asked question I get on a daily basis. But to answer this question, we must do some back tracking.
Brock has always had its athletic support groups like the Bucketheads of the early 90’s, and then the Bread Brothers, who were upperclassmen that would through loaves of bread onto the court after every Brock 3-pointer. However, none of these solidified themselves as a part of Brock’s culture. That was until the 2007-2008 school year.
It was the fall semester of 2007. The Men’s Basketball team was off to a great start to their season. They were able to crack the CIS Top 10 rankings and were well on their way to a great season. However, heading into the 2008 playoffs, there was one visible issue. The bleachers were empty. Two gentlemen set out to change this culture at Brock.
Brad Rootes was the captain and starting point guard for the Men’s Basketball team. Alongside Will Crothers, a fellow classmate of Brad’s, these two men were determined to make an impact for Brock’s Athletics, and the Brock community.
Will Crothers remembers that, “Isaac’s Army came as a result of two people having the same idea and goals for what the fan culture of Badgers Basketball should be. In hindsight, my personal inspiration for trying to make a change at improving school spirit came from three experiences collectively. I’d say the first was seeing the fan culture that existed in Windsor. Opposing teams basically had to move their bench onto the court to hear over the fans, and the excitement in the stands was amazing. The second was seeing that such an atmosphere was possible at Brock games. Watching us draw a massive crowd and breaking Carleton’s 87-game winning streak in a packed Bob Davis Gymnasium in 2006. The third was seeing McMaster draw a large crowd to our home court that year, and wanting to make sure that we supplied the sixth man from then on”. Thus, the birth of Isaac’s Army.
Since then, Isaac’s Army has been adopted by the Brock University Students’ Union as a Coordinator position for everything Brock, club and athletics alike. Isaac’s Army strives to bridge the gap between Athletics and our students. We simply believe that by establishing this stronger fan-base, we can change the culture of Brock and boost the student body’s attitude and spirit towards the university and its community.
Although we are still a young school and a young support group, we strive to be the best we can. This is seen by our outstanding fans that fill the stands at the Varsity Fields, George Taylor Field, the Seymour Hannah Centre, or the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Our students are as fierce as the badger itself. We are the Army.