DURHAM — Duke has named former Appalachian State coach Chris Pollard as baseball coach, Duke vice president and director of athletics Kevin White announced Thursday.
Pollard replaces Sean McNally, who resigned last month after guiding the Blue Devils to a 192-198-1 record in seven seasons.
Pollard joined Appalachian State in 2004, and he successfully transformed a program coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons into a team that fell just short of the Super Regionals this season.
The Mountaineers set a school record for victories with a 41-18 record and won the Southern Conference championship with a 21-9 league mark. Appalachian State earned a berth in the NCAA Charlottesville (Va.) Regional, advancing to the championship round with victories against Virginia and Oklahoma, before being eliminated by the Sooners.
It was the school’s first conference title since 1987, and its first NCAA tournament win since 1973.
In his second season with the Mountaineers, Pollard led them to 24 victories, four more than the previous two seasons combined. Six consecutive 30-win seasons followed.
Under Pollard, Appalachian State has had 13 players drafted in the Major League Baseball First Year Draft, including a record four in 2008 and 2012.