CHRIS POLLARD

Head Baseball Coach

 

cpollard@duaa.duke.edu

(919) 668-4393

COACHING EXPERIENCE

School Years  Position 
Duke University 2013-15 Head Coach
Appalachian State 2007-12 Head Coach
Pfeiffer University 2000-04 Head Coach
Davidson College 1996-99 Assistant Coach

AS A BLUE DEVIL

Pollard by the Numbers  
Season as a Head Coach 16
Career Record 475-394-3
Duke Record 90-76
ACC Record 35-54
ACC Tournament Record 1-2
Appalachian St. Record 244-210-2
Pfeiffer Record 141-108-1

With a 31-22 record in 2015, the Blue Devils recorded 30 wins for the 12th time in program history and back-to-back 30 win seasons for the first time since 2008-09. Following 2015, Chris Pollard became the first Blue Devil head coach to guide the team to two 30 win seasons in his first three campaigns.

In his second season in Durham, Pollard led the 2014 Blue Devils to the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009 as Duke finished fourth overall in the league standings. Duke’s 16 ACC wins in 2014 tied the program record, while the Blue Devils finished in the top four in the conference standings for the first time since 1994. The Blue  Devils cemented their status as one of the top teams in North Carolina, finishing the season with an 8-1 mark against in-state ACC rivals North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest. 

Pollard began the task of revitalizing the program and his effect was felt immediately as the  2013 Blue Devils eclipsed their win total from the previous season and secured 26 victories during Pollard’s inaugural campaign — the most by a Blue Devil head coach in his first season in school history.

During Pollard’s tenure, eight Blue Devils have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including five players in 2015: RHP Michael Matuella, RHP Sarkis Ohanian, RHP Kenny Koplove, RHP Andrew Istler and RHP James Marvel. 

Duke’s total of four players taken in the 2015 MLB Draft was the program’s highest since seven Blue Devils heard their names called in 2009. In addition, Matuella and Ohanian became the first Duke teammates picked in the first 10 rounds of the draft since 2002. 

ARRIVAL AT DUKE

Chris Pollard became Duke University’s 25th head baseball coach in June 2012, taking over the reins of the Blue Devil program after successful stints at Pfeiffer University and Appalachian State University.

PRIOR TO DUKE

Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Duke University, Pollard successfully transformed an Appalachian State program saddled with back-to-back 10 win seasons into a team on the verge of the College World Series. 

Pollard garnered 2012 Southern Conference Coach of the year honors after leading Appalachian State to its most accomplished season in the program’s 109 year history. The Mountaineers set a school record for victories with a 41-18 overall record in addition to winning the Southern Conference championship with a 21-9 league mark. 

Appalachian State earned a berth to the 2012 NCAA Championship and advanced to the championship round of the Charlottesville Regional with victories over national powers Virginia and Oklahoma. 

 

BEHIND THE SUNGLASSES

Pollard graduated from Davidson in 1996, earning a B.A. in psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development.

He played professionally in both the Western League and the Northern League before returning to Davidson to begin his coaching career. Pollard also received his master’s degree hi physical education/health education from Mississippi State in 2004. 

Pollard met his wife, Stephanie, as an undergraduate at Davidson. The couple resides in Durham with their two sons — Thomas and Brady.

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