June 15, 2012

2012 Coaching Changes  


Duke Turns to Pollard

Duke filled its coaching vacancy Thursday, turning the program over to Chris Pollard, who led Appalachian State to six straight 30-win seasons.

Pollard and the Mountaineers were one win away from winning the Charlottesville Regional this season, falling to Oklahoma twice on the final day. The Mountaineers finished with a school-record 41 wins and earned their first Regional appearance since 1973.

Pollard compiled a 244-210-2 record in eight years at Appalachian State, inheriting a program that had won 10 games the year before he arrived. After winning 10 games in his first year, Pollard began building the Mountaineers into a winner, winning 24 in his second year. Over the past five years, 13 of Pollard’s players have been selected in the Major League Draft. He arrived at Appalachian State after rebuilding the program at Pfeiffer, leading the school to a school-record 41 wins in his final year.

Pollard replaces Sean McNally, who resigned with a 192-198-1 record in seven seasons with the Blue Devils.