Chris Pollard

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Chris Pollard
Chris Pollard 2014.jpg
Pollard in 2014
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Duke
Conference ACC
Record 26-29
Biographical details
Alma mater Davidson '96
Playing career
Sioux Falls Canaries
Salinas Peppers
Position(s) P
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2013 – present
Rocky Mount Rock Fish (asst.)
Durham Braves
Davidson (asst.)
Appalachian State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2003-2004 Pfeiffer
Head coaching record
Overall 270-239-1 (DI)
Accomplishments and honors
SoCon Coach of the Year: 2012

Chris Pollard is an American college baseball coach, currently serving as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils baseball team. He was named to that position prior to the 2013 season.[1][2]

Pollard is from Amherst County, Virginia.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Pollard attended Davidson College and played for the Wildcats baseball team for four years. He pitched in the competitive Southern Conference, and ranks third all-time at Davidson in wins. He also ranks highly in the Davidson record books for strikeouts, appearances, starts, innings pitched, complete games and shutouts. As a sophomore, he earned wins over #1 ranked Georgia Tech and #25 ranked Western Carolina. He also earned the win in both games of a double header against Georgia Southern as a junior. After graduating in 1996, Pollard played in the independent Western League and Northern League before beginning his coaching career.[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

Pollard began his coaching career as an assistant at Davidson. After one season, he became head coach at Division II member Pfeiffer, which he rebuilt over five seasons. In his final season, the Falcons set a school record for wins with a record of 41–14 and their second consecutive Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference championship. Pollard was named conference Coach of the Year, and was also rewarded with the head coaching position at Appalachian State, a Southern Conference rival of his alma mater Davidson. Pollard spent eight seasons with the Mountaineers, claiming the school's first conference championship since 1987 in his final 2012 campaign. ASU's at-large trip to the 2012 NCAA Tournament ended just one win shy of a Super Regional. Pollard was named head coach at Duke shortly after the end of the tournament run.[4][5][6][7]

Head coaching records[edit]

Below are tables of Pollard's yearly records as an NCAA and collegiate summer baseball head coach.[4][8][9]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Pfeiffer (Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (Division II)) (2000–2004)
2000 Pfeiffer
2001 Pfeiffer
2002 Pfeiffer
2003 Pfeiffer
2004 Pfeiffer 41-17 NCAA Tournament
Appalachian State (Southern Conference) (2005–2012)
2005 Appalachian State 10-42 5-24 11th
2006 Appalachian State 24-31 9-18 8th SoCon Tournament
2007 Appalachian State 33-26 14-13 t-4th SoCon Tournament
2008 Appalachian State 32-27 14-13 t-6th SoCon Tournament
2009 Appalachian State 33-21 15-13 6th SoCon Tournament
2010 Appalachian State 38-18-1 14-14-1 7th SoCon Tournament
2011 Appalachian State 33-27 15-15 6th SoCon Tournament
2012 Appalachian State 41-18 21-9 t-1st NCAA Regional
Appalachian State: 244-210-1 107-119
Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Duke 26-29 9-21 6th (Coastal)
2014 Duke 33-25 16-14 3rd (Coastal) ACC Tournament
Duke: 59-54 25-35
Total: 303-264-1 (DI)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Collegiate summer baseball[edit]

Coastal Plain League[edit]

Season Team Record Standing Playoffs
1998 Durham 24-23 4th
Total 24-23


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Duke Names Chris Pollard Head Baseball Coach". June 15, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Chris Pollard". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Doug Doughty (June 4, 2012). "UVa baseball falls in regional". Roanoke Times. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Steve Behr (June 16, 2012). "Duke hits home run with Pollard". Watauga Democrat. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jack Daly (June 18, 2012). "Duke’s new baseball coach embraces the challenge". News and Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Andrew Beaton (June 14, 2012). "Pollard hired as next baseball coach". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Duke hires Appalachian's Pollard as baseball coach". Winston-Salem Journal. June 14, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2012 Southern Conference Baseball Media Guide". Southern Conference. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Standings". Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 19, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ "1998 Statistics". Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013.