Ron Polk

Longtime Mississippi State baseball coach Ron Polk is returning to the Bulldogs' athletic department as a special assistant to the athletic director.

A true legend and the winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history is coming home.

Mississippi State is bringing back longtime baseball coach Ron Polk as the Special Assistant to the Athletic Director.

“Mississippi State is a special place, and this is home for me,” Polk said in a news release. “This is a perfect time for me to give back to Mississippi State. I’m very appreciative to this great university and director of athletics John Cohen for allowing me to do this.

“From meeting with and being available to our coaches in different capacities, to development, alumni speaking events, serving on committees, or occasional radio and television broadcasts, I can’t wait to promote and assist in any way I can to help the Bulldogs continue to be one of the best athletic programs in the country.”

Polk is a two-time National Coach of the Year and a four-time SEC Coach of the Year. He ranks ninth all-time in NCAA Division I victories and posted a 1,373-700-2 all-time record and was inducted in the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

During his time with the Diamond Dogs, Polk produced several of the school’s all-time greats including Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Eric DuBose, Paul Maholm, Mitch Moreland, Rafael Palmeiro, Jonathan Papelbon and Bobby Thigpen.

Polk even coached Cohen from 1988-90. Cohen would later succeed Polk when he retired from Mississippi State following the 2008 season.

“This is a great day for the Hail State Family to welcome Ron Polk back home,” Cohen said.

“His experience, institutional knowledge, passion for Mississippi State and the high level of respect he holds around college athletics will be a tremendous resource to our coaches, student-athletes and entire athletics program.”

He ranks ninth in NCAA Division I history with 1,373 wins. Polk also produced 35 All-Americans and over 75 All-SEC performers.

The former head coach is also one of just three people in college baseball history to take three different programs to the College World Series.

Polk also continues to coach in the prestigious Cape Cod League during the summer.

nContact Bill Burrus at 581-7237 or bburrus@gwcommonwealth.com  Follow on Twitter:@Bill_Burrus.

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