Ron Polk

Born: January 12, 1944

Hometown: Boston, MA

Year of Induction: 1998


College Career

Grand Canyon College (1965)

• B.S.

University of Arizona (1966)

• M.A.

University of New Mexico (1967)

• Ph.D.


Coaching Career

• Graduate Assistant Coach, Arizona (1966)

• Graduate Assistant Coach, New Mexico (1967)

• Assistant Coach, Miami Dade-South Community College (1968-1971)

• Head Coach, Georgia Southern (1972-1975)

• Assistant Coach, University of Miami (1975)

• Head Coach, Mississippi State (1976-1997)

• Head Coach, University of Georgia (2000-2001)

• Head Coach, Mississippi State University (2002-2008)

• Coached seven College World Series Teams

• Coached four regular season SEC Championship Teams (’79, ‘85, ‘89, ‘01)

• Two-Time National Coach of the Year (’73, ‘85)

• Four-Time SEC Coach of the Year

• 18 NCAA Regional Tournament appearances

• American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (’95)

• Lefty Gomez Award, American Baseball Coaches Association

• Author, Baseball Playbook, a leading coaching textbook

• Coached 18 All-Americans

• Coached 101 players who later turned pro

• Winningest coach in SEC history


Did You Know?

Ron Polk has taken three different schools to the College World Series. Ron’s 1985 Mississippi State team included future major league all-stars, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Thigpen, and Jeff Brantley.


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