Elton Pollock, a 1995 graduate of Presbyterian College, will begin his 11th season as head coach of the Blue Hose baseball program in 2015 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.
Former University of South Carolina pitcher Parker Bangs has been named an assistant coach for the Blue Hose, head coach Elton Pollock announced on Friday. Bangs won a National Championship with in the Gamecocks in 2010 before going on to play three seasons in the minor leagues.
"I'm really excited to have Parker Bangs join our coaching staff," Pollock said. "He should make an immediate impact with our pitchers. He brings with him a wealth of experience at both the collegiate and professional level and his level of success should carry over."
Bangs made 47 appearances over three seasons (2008-10) for South Carolina, compiling a 7-5 record in 74.2 innings pitched with 94 strikeouts. The native of Laurinburg, N.C. also batted .301 for his career while totaling 21 doubles, 10 home runs and 60 RBIs in 226 career at-bats. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the three seasons in which he saw action.
Tristan Toorie enters his first season as an assistant coach.
Toorie will work primarily with the team's hitters and catchers.
Toorie arrives at PC after serving as the assistant head coach for the St. Cloud Rox for the past year, a collegiate summer league team in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Toorie managed daily conditioning work, directed hitting instruction, managed defensive formations, formulated the pitching rotations and coached third base. Eight of Toorie's players were drafted in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.
Prior to St. Cloud, Toorie played for Georgia Regents University (formerly Augusta State University). Toorie served as captain for the Jaguars and led the team in many offensive categories. He also played a year professionally at the Independent League Level, where he served as co-captain.
In 2010 and 2011, Toorie completed an internship with the Augusta Greenjackets, a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. While there, he assisted with workouts, observed and completed daily duties around the organization.