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.
With a 31-22 overall record in 2015, the Blue Devils recorded 30 wins for the 12th time in program history and back-to-back 30 win seasons for the first time since 2008-09. Following 2015, Pollard became the first Blue Devil head coach to guide the team to two 30 win seasons in his first three campaigns.
During Pollard's tenure, eight Blue Devils have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including five in 2015 in junior RHP Michael Matuella (3rd Round | No. 78 Overall | Texas Rangers), senior RHP Sarkis Ohanian (9th Round | No. 265 Overall | Cincinnati Reds), junior RHP Kenny Koplove (17th Round | No. 504 Overall | Philadelphia Phillies), senior RHP Andrew Istler (23rd Round | No. 702 | Los Angeles Dodgers) and redshirt sophomore James Marvel (36th Round | No. 1,087 Overall | Pittsburgh Pirates). Duke's five current players selected was the team's highest total since seven Blue Devils were taken in the 2009 MLB Draft, while Matuella and Ohanian became the first Duke teammates picked in the first 10 rounds of the draft since 2002.
Associate Head Coach
Josh Jordan joined the Duke baseball program in June of 2012 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2015. He begins his fourth season with the Blue Devils in 2015-16.
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.
As the program's recruiting coordinator, Jordan has helped bring in top-level talent during his first three years in Durham. Duke's 13-player recruiting class in 2014 was ranked No. 16 in the nation according to Perfect Game. Two of those players - current sophomores Justin Bellinger and Chris McGrath -were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. The Blue Devils' 2015 class is also highly-touted and features eight players ranked among Perfect Game's top 500 prospects in the country.
Assistant coach Pete Maki joined the Duke baseball staff in July of 2015 and enters his first season with the Blue Devils in 2015-16, serving as the team's pitching coach.
At Columbia (8 Seasons | 2008-15): Maki joined the Blue Devils after eight seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Columbia University. He joined the Lions as an assistant coach in 2008 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2012.
The Lions enjoyed tremendous success during Maki's tenure, capturing four Ivy League Championships including three-straight from 2013-15. The Columbia pitching staff was consistently among the best in the Ivy League under Maki's guidance, leading the conference in team ERA, opposing batting average, strikeouts and hits allowed in Ivy League games in three of Maki's final four seasons.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jason Stein joined the Duke baseball staff in August of 2015. In addition to serving as the team's hitting coach, Stein works with the Blue Devil infielders, coaches third base during games, coordinates the team's community service efforts and manages the program's on-campus facilities.
Prior to his arrival in Durham, Stein served as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky from 2009-15. Over the course of his EKU head coaching career, Stein compiled a 178-201 record and led the Colonels to the six-team Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in four of his seven seasons. The Ashland, Ky., native recruited and coached five Major League Draft selections, nine All-Americans, 24 All-OVC picks, and two OVC Freshmen of the Year and the 2012 OVC Pitcher of the Year.
Eastern Kentucky was routinely among the national leaders in home runs per game during Stein's tenure, ranking among the top 10 in three of the past four seasons. This past season was no exception as Eastern Kentucky once again ranked among the national offensive leaders, amassing 59 home runs and a .450 slugging percentage. The 2015 Colonels ranked fifth in the country in home runs per game while coming in 22nd nationally in slugging percentage.
Assistant to the Head Coach
Al Morris joined the Blue Devil baseball staff in the summer of 2013 and serves as the Assistant to the Head Coach.
Morris coordinates team travel and meals as well as campus visits for recruits. He is also responsible for the program's statistics technology in addition to operating all Duke baseball camps.
The Bethesda, Md., native graduated from Duke in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in visual arts. Morris earned on spot on the Duke baseball 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.
Morris currently resides in Durham, N.C.