Chris Pollard, the 2012 Southern Conference Coach of the Year who guided Appalachian State to six consecutive 30-win seasons, has been named Duke University's 25th head baseball coach as announced June 14 by Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White.
After joining the Mountaineer staff in 2004, Pollard successfully transformed a program saddled with back-to-back 10-win seasons into a team on the verge of the College World Series in 2012. This past year, he led Appalachian State to one of its most accomplished seasons in the program's 109-year history as the Mountaineers set a school record for victories with a 41-18 overall record and won the Southern Conference championship with a 21-9 league mark. Appalachian earned a berth in the 2012 NCAA Championship, advancing to the championship round of the Charlottesville Regional with wins over national powers Virginia and Oklahoma.
In addition, the 2012 Mountaineers won their first conference championship since 1987, advanced to NCAA postseason play for the first time since 1986 and won their first NCAA Tournament game since 1973. Appalachian also claimed four wins over nationally-ranked opponents and spent six weeks in the national rankings. Prior to the record-breaking 2012 campaign, the Mountaineers boasted just one win over a nationally-ranked team since 1982 and one appearance in a major college baseball poll.
Mark Hayes joined the Duke baseball staff in 2012, serving as a volunteer assistant coach. Hayes' responsibilities include serving as the hitting coach for the Blue Devils as well as working with the outfielders, coaching third base during games and managing the program's camps.
"Duke University got a great coach, and an even better person, in Mark Hayes," said head coach Chris Pollard. "He brings tremendous energy, effort, professionalism and integrity to the Duke baseball program."
Hayes came to Duke after eight years as the head baseball coach at Pfeiffer University, where he compiled a 201-230-1 record. Under his guidance, numerous Falcons' players garnered recognition, including 15 all-conference picks over the past four seasons.
Prior to taking over as head coach of the Falcons' program, Hayes served as assistant coach on Pollard's staff at Pfeiffer from 2001-04. During that time, the pair helped guide the Falcons to CVAC conference championship in 2003 and 2004. In addition, the 2004 squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament and ended the year ranked No. 10 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Josh Jordan was named an assistant coach in June 2012. Jordan will work with the team's catchers and outfielders while serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. Jordan will also be involved in teaching both hitting and base running.
Jordan joins the Blue Devils after spending six seasons as an assistant coach under head coach Chris Pollard at Appalachian State. With the Mountaineers, his responsibilities included working primarily with ASU's catchers and outfielders as well as serving as the team's first-base coach. In Jordan's tenure in Boone, Appalachian State won 210 games as the Mountaineers secured six straight 30-win seasons.
Jordan came to Appalachian State from Young Harris College in 2006 after leading the Mountain Lions to a runner-up finish in the 2006 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVII Tournament.
See joins the Blue Devils after six seasons as pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Ohio University. This past season, the Bobcats ranked second in the Mid-American Conference with a 3.73 team ERA. During the 2010 campaign, See's pitching corps recorded 348 strikeouts, the fifth-highest total in the MAC, while 2009 saw the Bobcats finish third in the league with 29 wins as senior Chris Rigo took home first team All-MAC honors.
In 2008, Ohio totaled 267 strikeouts, good for fourth in the conference. Under See's guidance, junior Zach Elmer posted a 3.93 ERA to rank sixth in the MAC, while Rigo tied for second in the league with 77 strikeouts. In See's first season at Ohio, two Bobcat hurlers finished in the top-20 in the MAC in regular season ERA, including Rigo who also finished third in the conference in complete games. In addition, junior Andrew Shisila posted a team-best 2.26 ERA working primarily out of the bullpen, and did not allow a run his final 14.1 innings pitched.
After one season as assistant coach at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, See served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Appalachian State in 2005 and 2006. He also was the head coach of the Southern Ohio Copperheads, who compete in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate league, during the summer of 2005.