“Father of SEC Baseball” Joins Gatemen

Legendary baseball coach and the all-time winningist coach in Southeastern Conference history, Ron Polk, will join Head Coach Cooper Farris’ staff this summer as the bench coach for the 2012 season. Polk, the long time baseball coach at Mississippi State, is 8th on the All-Time college baseball victory list and was elected to College Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

Ron Polk (born January 12, 1944) was a head coach for 28 years; compiling an SEC record of 1139-590-2 (.667) and a career record of 1373-702-2. This record includes 5 SEC Championships, 4 SEC Tournament Championships, 21 NCAA tournament appearances and 8 College World Series apperances before announcing his resignation in 2008. He is a 3 time National Coach of the Year.

In addition to his years at Mississippi State, Coach Polk was the head coach at Georgia Southern from 1972 to 1975 and was the coach at the University of Georgia in 2000-2001. He has also spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico. He is currently serving as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

While at Mississippi State, Polk coached 23 future MLB players including Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Thigpen, Jonathan Papelbon and Will Clark. His teams also included 35 All-Americans and 75 All-SEC Players. Coach Polk also served as the head coach for the USA National Team.

Coming to Wareham and the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer will be a homecoming of sorts for Polk who was born in Boston. He will join the Gatemen coaching staff that already includes veteran coach Darryl Maxwell, Terry Thompson and Gabriel Ishee. Leading the staff will be Head Coach Cooper Farris who returns to Wareham for his 12th season.

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