Elton Pollock, a 1995 graduate of Presbyterian College, will begin his 10th season as head coach of the Blue Hose baseball program in 2014. Pollock follows Tim Corbin and Doug Kovash, respectively, as the third head coach to lead the program since its reinstatement in 1988.
The 2013 campaign saw numerous high points under Coach Pollock, including developing junior pitcher Bud Jeter into a Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft choice by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jeter became the first Blue Hose in the Division I era to go in the MLB Draft and incoming freshman Brad Keller went in the ninth round of the draft as well.
Under Coach Pollock, junior first baseman Brad Zebedis picked up Second Team All-Big South honors, the league's Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year award and 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honors.
PC set new Division I program-best in two key statistics in 2013 as well. The team's .972 fielding percentage shattered the previous best of .966 set in 2012 and the pitching staff's 4.40 ERA improved on 2011's previous record of 5.34 by nearly a full run. The Blue Hose also took series from strong programs like UConn, Charlotte, Wofford and Furman.
Mark Crocco is in his second year as an assistant coach at Presbyterian College following a promotion to the position of Recruiting Coordinator.
In Crocco's first year at PC he was charged with the responsibility of running the Blue Hose infield. PC set a Presbyterian Big South and Division I record for fielding percentage, fielding at a .972 clip in the 2013 campaign to rank second in the conference and the highest in PC history. PC also tied the Division I school record for wins in Crocco's first year on staff. Coach Elton Pollock states "Coach Crocco is a well-respected infield coach and takes a tremendous amount of pride in his work. His energy is always high and very infectious."
Crocco arrives at PC after two seasons as an assistant coach at The United States Air Force Academy. With the Falcons, Crocco worked with the Falcons hitters infielders and helped the Falcons to their 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 in 2011.
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.
"Coach Serber is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," said Pollock. "Having pitched as a starter in the Big South, he knows first-hand what it takes to succeed at this level. I am excited for our players and especially our pitching staff."
"I don't think I could be more excited to be here at PC," said Serber. "I've coached and played against PC for several years at High Point and I'm very glad to be a part of the staff here. Coach Pollock is also someone I have a lot of respect for and I'm looking forward to learning a lot under his tutelage."
Jeff Tatum enter his first year as a volunteer assistant coach.
Tatum takes over as volunteer assistant coach, returning to Presbyterian College after a three-year playing career as a Blue Hose.
"I'm excited to be back at my alma mater," Tatum said. "I'm looking forward to a great season and being able to compete for a Big South Conference championship."
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.