Chris Pollard became Duke University's 25th head baseball coach in June of 2012, taking over the reins of the Blue Devil program after successful stints at Pfeiffer University and Appalachian State University.
In just his second season in Durham, Pollard led the Blue Devils to the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009 as Duke finished fourth overall in the league standings. Duke's 16 ACC wins in 2014 tied the program record while the Blue Devils finished in the top four in the conference standings for the first time since 1994. The Blue Devils cemented their status as one of the top teams in the North Carolina, finishing the season 8-1 against in-state ACC rivals North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest.
Duke finished this past season with 33 wins, surpassing the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2009 and 10th time in program history. In addition, the Blue Devils entered the national rankings, earning the No. 30 spot in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national poll May 6. The 2014 Blue Devils earned a spot in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's rankings for the first time since the organization began its poll in 1998.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Assistant coach Josh Jordan joined the Duke baseball program in June of 2012 and begins his third season with the Blue Devils in 2015.
Jordan serves as the program's recruiting coordinator while also working with the Blue Devil catchers and outfielders. In addition, he teaches both hitting and base running and serves as the team's first base coach.
As the program's recruiting coordinator, Jordan has helped bring in top-level talent during his first two years in Durham. Duke's 2014 13-player recruiting class was ranked No. 16 in the nation according to Perfect Game. Two of those players - current freshmen Justin Bellinger and Chris McGrath -were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Assistant coach Andrew See became a member of the Duke baseball staff in 2012 and enters his third season with the Blue Devils in 2015. See serves as the team's pitching coach.
Duke turned in a historic year on the mound in 2014, finishing the season with a 3.14 team ERA, the squad's lowest earned run average since the Blue Devils ended the 1971 campaign with a 2.71 mark. Prior to 2014, Duke had not posted a team ERA under 4.00 since 1993. The Blue Devils totaled a program-record 501 strikeouts and ranked second in the ACC in strikeouts per game (8.56). 2014 also marked the first season a Duke pitching staff had totaled 500 or more strikeouts, surpassing the program's previous record of 440 set in 2012.
Under See's guidance, two Blue Devil pitchers were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft in Drew Van Orden and Robert Huber. The Washington Nationals took Van Orden in the fifth round (No. 154 overall), while the Oakland Athletics drafted Huber in the 26th round (No. 792 overall).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Mark Hayes joined the Blue Devil coaching staff in 2012 and enters his third year with the program in 2015. Hayes serves as the team's hitting coach and works the Blue Devil outfielders. In addition, he coaches third base during games and manages the program's camps.
Under Hayes' guidance, Duke put up impressive power number this past season. The Blue Devils tied for the ACC lead, belting 33 home runs. In addition, Duke ranked second in the league in triples (19) and third in slugging percentage (.379). The Blue Devils were the only ACC squad to total 15 or more triples as well as 30 or more home runs in 2014. Duke's 33 home runs were also the most since the Blue Devils hit 40 in 2009.
Three Duke position players -- third baseman Jordan Betts, rightfielder Chris Marconcini and first baseman Aaron Cohn -- garnered 2014 All-ACC honors. The Blue Devils' three All-ACC selections were the most since the Blue Devils placed three players on All-ACC teams in 2009.
Assistant to the Head Coach
Al Morris joined the Blue Devil baseball staff in the summer of 2013 and currently serves as the Assistant to the Head Coach.
A native of Bethesda, Md., Morris earned a spot on the Duke roster in 2011 after serving as team manager as a freshman the previous season. A three-year letterwinner and three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection, Morris appeared in 17 games with the Blue Devils, batting .375 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. He graduated from Duke in May 2013 with a degree in Visual Arts.
Morris currently resides in Durham, N.C.