Staff
Head Coach
Elton Pollock

Elton Pollock, a 1995 graduate of Presbyterian College, will begin his 14th season as head coach of the Blue Hose baseball program in 2018. Pollock follows Tim Corbin and Doug Kovash as the third head coach to lead the program since its reinstatement in 1988.

Last season, the Blue Hose turned in their best season since making the move to Division I, coming under Pollock's guidance. PC totaled a Division I era best 32 wins and a program record 15 Big South victories. The Blue Hose finished third in the Big South regular season standings, its best ever finish, before making a run to the conference championship game in just its second appearance in the Big South Tournament. PC had four players named to the All-Big South teams, its most since joining the league, before four PC players were named to the Big South All-Tournament team, PC's first to earn the honor.

PC totaled 47 home runs in 2017, its second-most since moving to Division I, while setting Division I era school records for ERA (4.32), opponent batting average (.262), strikeouts (433) and saves (16). Cletis Avery stole 19 bases on the season, Ryan Hedrick amassed 10 saves and Eric Miles recorded seven wins on the year, all Division I era school records.

In 2016, Pollock led the Blue Hose to its second straight 27-win season, tying the program's Division I era single-season record for wins. PC made the biggest gains in conference play in 2016, winning a school record (at the time) 12 Big South games, a six-game improvement from 2015. The team went on to make its first appearance in the Big South Championship in just its fourth year of being eligible for the event. The team set a number of records in 2016, both at the plate and on the mound, with PC setting single-season records for runs scored (321), RBIs (286), doubles (114) and stolen bases (67), in addition to opponent batting average (.263) and strikeouts per nine innings (7.06).

In 2015, Pollock helped the program to a PC Division I-record 27 wins that included victories over South Carolina, Clemson, UCF (No. 7 at the time) and Indiana (No. 22 at the time). PC ended the season by winning its final seven midweek games and won 21 non-conference games, another program Division I record. Pollock’s guidance helped PC earn a First Team All-Big South honoree and an Honorable Mention selection while setting new Division I records in runs scored, strikeouts and strikeouts per game. The Blue Hose posted winning records at the PC Baseball Complex and against other South Carolina programs.

The 2013 campaign saw numerous high points under Coach Pollock, including developing junior pitcher Bud Jeter into a Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft choice by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jeter became the first Blue Hose in the Division I era to go in the MLB Draft and incoming freshman Brad Keller went in the ninth round of the draft as well.

PC set new Division I program-best in two key statistics in 2013 as well. The team's .972 fielding percentage shattered the previous best of .966 set in 2012 and the pitching staff's 4.40 ERA improved on 2011's previous record of 5.34 by nearly a full run. The Blue Hose also took series from strong programs like UConn, Charlotte, Wofford and Furman.

Pollock, a former two-sport standout at Presbyterian College from 1992-1995, returned to his alma mater in 2002 after spending seven years in the business world. While attending PC, Pollock earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Computer Science. He was a three-year letter winner with the football team and a four-year letter winner with the baseball team. Pollock finished an impressive baseball career at PC and is still in the top five in many career offensive categories, including homeruns (34), slugging percentage (.616), triples (11), runs scored (169), and total bases (382).

Following his graduation, Pollock was drafted in the 15th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent three years in their minor league system before retiring in 1997. During his time with Pittsburgh, Pollock was mentored by the late Major League Hall of Famer Willie Stargell. He finished his professional career with a .250 batting average, 25 doubles, seven homeruns, and 49 stolen bases. Pollock was named "Player of the Month" for the entire organization for his play in August of 1995. That same year he helped lead the Augusta Greenjackets to the South Atlantic League Championship.

Pollock is married to the former Karen Prioleau of Greenville, SC, and the couple has four children, Madison, Lauren, Jordan and Trey. The family lives in Irmo, S.C.

Assistant Coach
Parker Bangs

Parker Bangs is set for his third season as the pitching coach at PC in 2018.

Bangs led the PC pitching staff to a number of Division I bests in 2017. The Blue Hose recorded a 4.32 ERA, .262 opponent batting average, 433 strikeouts and 16 saves, all Division I era program records. PC also allowed its fewest runs (321) and earned runs (258) since 2013, as PC recorded a Division I era best 32 wins, including a program-best 15 Big South wins. Under Bangs's guidance, hurlers Ryan Hedrick and Brian Kehner earned honorable mention All-Big South honors.

The Blue Hose pitching staff also made significant strides in 2016 in Bangs's first season with the program. Bangs helped PC to its second straight 27-win season, tying the school's Division I era record for victories. In addition, PC also established a school record with 12 Big South victories, a six-game improvement from 2015, and made its first appearance in the Big South Championship.

In 2016, the pitching staff held opposing hitters to a .263 batting average, the team's best single-season mark in its Division I era. PC pitchers also set the school's Division I era record for strikeouts per nine innings at 7.06, while ranking second for a single-season in ERA with 5.02 mark. PC pitching totaled 500.2 innings pitched, a D1 era program record, but allowed the second-fewest hits (509) in its D1 era.

Bangs, a former pitcher at South Carolina, won a National Championship with in the Gamecocks in 2010 before going on to play three seasons in the minor leagues. He made 47 appearances over three seasons (2008-10) for South Carolina, compiling a 7-5 record in 74.2 innings pitched with 94 strikeouts. The native of Laurinburg, N.C. also batted .301 for his career while totaling 21 doubles, 10 home runs and 60 RBIs in 226 career at-bats. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the three seasons in which he saw action.

Bangs was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He pitched parts of three seasons in the minors, making 17 appearances with 27.2 innings pitched. His best season of professional baseball came in 2011 when he pitched 22.0 innings and recorded 28 strikeouts while holding hitters to a .274 average against him.

Prior to joining the Blue Hose, Bangs was the head coach and pitching coach of the Wilmington Sharks in the Coastal Plain League for the past two seasons. He spent three seasons as the head baseball coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C. from 2013-15. Bangs also spent time as the pitching and hitting coach for the Columbia Blowfish of the Coastal Plain League and as the hitting coach at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., following his playing career.

Bangs graduated from the University of South Carolina in May of 2010 with a degree in experimental psychology while minoring in sociology. He then earned then a master’s degree in public administration from South Carolina in May of 2015. During his playing days, Bangs was named to the All-SEC Academic Team in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and earned All-SEC Freshman Academic honors during his red-shirt season in 2007.

Assistant Coach
Gil Walker

Gil Walker is in his first season at Presbyterian, joining the program in August 2017.

Walker comes to PC after spending two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Samford University. There he worked primarily with hitters and catchers, while also working with pitchers on arm strength development and recovery. The Bulldogs saw seven players sign professional contracts and seven earn All-Conference honors in Walker’s two seasons with the program.

Prior to his time at Samford, Walker spent two seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala., serving under former Blue Hose head coach Doug Kovash. He served as the team’s hitting coach in addition to coaching the team’s infielders and catchers. During his time with the Cougars, 19 players went on to play at four-year schools, including seven at Division I programs, with the team making the conference tournament for the first time in school history in 2015 as the No. 3 seed.

Walker, a native of Birmingham, Ala., capped off his playing career with two seasons at Samford in 2011 and 2012, after two seasons at Wallace State Community College. He was member of the 2012 Bulldog team that is considered one of the best in school history, as they won 41 games en route to a SoCon Championship and an NCAA Tournament Appearance, advancing to the final of the Tallahassee Regional against Florida State.

Walker graduated from Samford in December of 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in sports administration. He is married to the former Kathryn Heasley.

His father, Tommy Walker, was inducted in to the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014. Tommy won 187 games as Samford’s head coach from 1989-1997, three Class 5A state titles as Spanish Fort’s coach from 2005-2012 and a pair of area championships in a three-year tenure at Vestavia Hills. In 16 years as a high school head coach, the eldest Walker has a 368-201 record with 14 playoff appearances and has coached 42 players who went on to college baseball careers with eight successfully making it to the major leagues.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Marshall McDonald

McDonald is in his first season at Presbyterian, joining the coaching staff in August 2017.

McDonald comes to PC after four seasons at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C., including three as hitting coach. There he led the team to a school record for home runs in each of his three seasons as a full-time coach, culminating with 63 last season compared to just 13 prior to his arrival. He coached the NJCAA National Player of the Year Chandler Jenkins, who batted .460 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs last season, and two Region 10 Players of the Year in Jenkins and Ty Andrus.

McDonald has also spent time coaching in the collegiate summer leagues throughout the past three seasons. He served as associate head coach of the Statesville Owls in 2015, head coach of the Lenoir Oilers in 2016 and assistant coach for Lexington County Blowfish in 2017. McDonald led the Oilers to the CVCL Championship as the head coach in 2016, as the team compiled a 39-17 record and led the league in home runs (50), doubles (112) and RBIs (357).

As a player, McDonald spent one season at Catawba Valley Community College, earning All-Region X honors, before playing his final two seasons at Montreat College. As a Cavalier, McDonald was named a team captain as a senior and earned a spot on the Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Academic team as a junior. The native of Red Springs, N.C. graduated from Montreat in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.