DURHAM, N.C. (from GoDuke.com) – Chris Pollard, the 2012 Southern Conference Coach of the Year who guided Appalachian State to six consecutive 30-win seasons, has been named Duke University’s 25th head baseball coach as announced Thursday by Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White.
“Chris Pollard represents a seasoned, highly successful coach, mentor and leader,” said Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics Kevin White. “His track record speaks volumes about his dramatic impact on the Appalachian State baseball program. Of course, with his background as a student-athlete, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Davidson, coupled with his experience as a head coach, we believe that he represents an ideal fit at Duke University. We are absolutely thrilled with the appointment of Chris Pollard as Duke’s baseball coach. To be sure, his aspirations are completely in alignment with our administration — Duke will strive to be an upper echelon Atlantic Coast Conference baseball program while maintaining its standards of excellence in the classroom and in the community.”
Pollard replaces Sean McNally, who resigned last month after guiding the Blue Devils to a 192-198-1 record in seven seasons.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining Duke University as its new head baseball coach,” said Pollard. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me professionally, but just as importantly, it’s a tremendous opportunity for my family. We are all four – myself, my wife and my two sons – ecstatic to be joining the Duke family.”