Duke hires App State's Pollard as baseball coach

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke has hired Appalachian State's Chris Pollard as its baseball coach.

The schools announced the move Thursday. Pollard joins the Blue Devils after going 244-210-2 in eight seasons with the Mountaineers. This year's team went 41-18 and reached its first NCAA tournament since 1986.

Athletic director Kevin White previously said he was looking for "a programmatic game-changer and a Duke fit" and thinks he found one in Pollard, whom he called "a seasoned, highly successful coach, mentor and leader."

Pollard pitched at Davidson in the mid-1990s and spent four years as head coach at Division II Pfeiffer before moving to Appalachian State.

He replaces Sean McNally, who resigned last month after seven mostly subpar seasons.

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