Elton Pollock, a 1995 graduate of Presbyterian College, will begin his 13th season as head coach of the Blue Hose baseball program in 2016. Pollock follows Tim Corbin and Doug Kovash, respectively, as the third head coach to lead the program since its reinstatement in 1988.
Last season, Pollock led the Blue Hose to its second straight 27-win season, tying the program's Division I era single-season record for wins. PC made the biggest gains in conference play in 2016, winning a school record 12 Big South games, a six-game improvement from 2015. The team went on to make its first appearance in the Big South Championship in just its fourth year of being eligible for the event. The team set a number of records in 2016, both at the plate and on the mound, with PC setting single-season records for runs scored (321), RBIs (286), doubles (114) and stolen bases (67), in addition to opponent batting average (.263) and strikeouts per nine innings (7.06).
Under Pollock's guidance, outfielder Weston Jackson racked up a number of different honors in 2016, including a third team All-America honor by Collegiate Baseball. Jackson was also tabbed as a second team All-Region player and second team All-Big South outfielder. He went on to set the program's D1 single-season record for doubles (27) and intentional walks (11), while tying the single-season record for runs (47) and ranking in the top five in a number of other categories.
In 2015, Pollock helped the program to a PC Division I-record 27 wins that included victories over South Carolina, Clemson, UCF (No. 7 at the time) and Indiana (No. 22 at the time). PC ended the season by winning its final seven midweek games and won 21 non-conference games, another program Division I record. Pollock's guidance helped PC earn a First Team All-Big South honoree and an Honorable Mention selection while setting new Division I records in runs scored, strikeouts and strikeouts per game. The Blue Hose posted winning records at the PC Baseball Complex and against other South Carolina programs. Continued.....
Parker Bangs is set for his second season as the pitching coach at PC in 2017.
The Blue Hose pitching made significant strides in 2016 in his first season with the program. Bangs helped PC to its second straight 27-win season, tying the school's Division I era record for victories. In addition, PC also established a school record with 12 Big South victories, a six-game improvement from 2015, and made its first appearance in the Big South Championship.
Last season, the pitching staff held opposing hitters to a .263 batting average, the team's best single-season mark in its Division I era. PC pitchers also set the school's Division I era record for strikeouts per nine innings at 7.06, while ranking second for a single-season in ERA with 5.02 mark. PC pitching totaled 500.2 innings pitched, a D1 era program record, but allowed the second-fewest hits (509) in its D1 era.
Mark Crocco is set to coach his fifth season as an assistant coach at PC in 2017.
During the offseason, Crocco was tabbed as the top recruiter in the Big South in a survey of 124 Division I coaches, conducted by D1Baseball.com. His strong work as the program's recruiting coordinator helped PC to back-to-back 27-win seasons, the program's high-water mark for wins in a season in its Division I era.
Last season, Crocco helped PC to its second straight 27-win season, tying the school's Division I era record for victories. In addition, PC also established a school record with 12 Big South victories, a six-game improvement from 2015, and made its first appearance in the Big South Championship. The Blue Hose set a Division I era school record with 321 runs scored and 114 doubles with Crocco's aid. The team also fielded .970 on the year, second-best in the program's Division I era.
Cunningham is in his first season as volunteer assistant coach at PC.
Cunningham comes to PC after spending last season as the Director of Baseball Operations at Big South counterpart Winthrop. Cunningham, a native of Lancaster, S.C., brings nearly 15 years of experience of coaching experience at the high school level, dating to 2002. He has been involved with high school, Legion and travel teams, in addition to working with athletes at the collegiate level.
At Winthrop, he worked alongside the coaching staff coordinating team travel, meals and hotel arrangements. Cunningham also managed all gameday activities along with organizing and supervising youth and high school camps.