Presbyterian honored its Big South Conference 2021 championship baseball team with a ring ceremony Saturday morning.
PC head coach Elton Pollack, who was also a standout player during his collegiate career with the Blue Hose, also received a different diamond of sorts.
PC officially named its baseball field after Pollack. It is now called “Elton Pollack Field.”
“I cannot adequately put into words the range of emotions I felt this weekend, and the emotions I still feel today,” wrote Monday on social media. “I want to thank everyone who attended our 2021 Big South Championship ring ceremony and the naming/renaming of the baseball field to ‘Elton Pollock Field.’ I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead and mentor young men through the great game of baseball. Oh, but not only that – I am honored to do it at Presbyterian College.”
The naming opportunity was made possible with a generous gift from friends and former Blue Hose baseball players, PC officials said.
Bennett Nalley, who played under Pollock and led the volunteer fundraising efforts, delivered the surprise announcement following the 2021 Big South Baseball Championship ring ceremony.
“Coach Pollock’s leadership both on and off the field allows his players the opportunity to succeed in life-both professionally and personally,” Nalley said. “He is the consummate Blue Hose and we could not think of anyone more deserving of this honor.”
The ceremony included a large number of former players, teammates, family members and friends of Pollack, a 1995 PC graduate.
Pollack became head coach of the Blue Hose since the fall of 2004. He helped guide the team from Division II to Division I in 2008. The Blue Hose baseball team won its first Big South Championship and an automatic bid into the College World Series this past spring.
“I am truly humbled at this great honor,” Pollock said. “Special thanks to all of my current and former players. Your commitment and dedication to PC Baseball is immeasurable.”