Elton Pollock, a 1995 graduate of Presbyterian College, will begin his eighth season as head coach of the Blue Hose baseball program in 2012. Pollock follows Tim Corbin and Doug Kovash, respectively, as the third head coach to lead the program since its reinstatement in 1988.
Pollock led the team to a record-setting 2011 season, going 24-32 overall and 9-19 in the Big South-both Division I era-records en route to a best-ever eighth place finish in the Big South Conference. The Blue Hose also captured their first First Team All-Big South Conference selection and first Division I All-American in Brad Zebedis, who also won the program's first-ever Big South Freshman of the Year award. PC went on a nine-game win streak in 2011 that saw the squad take down No. 16 Clemson for the first time since 1949. The campaign also saw the Blue Hose knock off Tennessee and set the lowest earned run average (5.36) and tie for the best batting average (.294) since moving to Division I.
The campaign came on the heels of a 2010 season that saw the team set new highs in Division I wins and a two-game win streak to end the year. The Blue Hose won a NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week award to close the season, the first ever in Division I.
Jamie Serber enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Presbyterian College baseball team.
Serber arrives after two seasons as a volunteer assistant at High Point following a four-year playing career as a Panther.
While at High Point as a coach, Serber worked with the Panthers' pitchers while coached first base and oversaw the bullpen during games. He also served as High Point's camp director and worked at several prestigious Top 96 camps, including the Central Florida Baseball League and prospect camps for Elon University.
Crocco arrives at PC after two seasons as an assistant coach at Air Force. With the Falcons, Crocco worked with all position players including the infielders, catchers, outfielders and hitters and helped the Falcons to their the most wins since 2002 in his first year. He also guided the squad to four All-Mountain West Conference selections and a school record for fielding percentage (.960) in 2011.
In the summer of 2011, Crocco's duties also included running camps at The Air Force Academy. Crocco also worked numerous camps all over the country for organizations such as Top 96 Baseball, Head First Honor Roll Camps, Numerous Baseball Academy's and ACC Powerhouses University of Virginia and Clemson University.
Crocco played second base for the Wingate Bulldogs (2005-2008) and spent two years prior to Air Force work at his alma mater as an assistant coach, helping the Bulldogs to a 2010 South Atlantic Conference Championship
Tatum takes over as volunteer assistant coach, returning to Presbyterian College after a three-year playing career as a Blue Hose.
Tatum started 16 games as a senior in 2010, playing in 35 on the year and 57 in his Blue Hose career. Tatum emerged as a crucial piece during the team's closing season run in his final season, helping PC to a win over Winthrop and stealing a base in three straight games down the stretch.
Honing his skills as a coach, Tatum served as an instructor at camps at such high-level baseball programs as Clemson, Georgia, Wofford and Virginia.
Tatum will oversee the team's catchers. He graduated from PC in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in history.