Legendary college baseball coach visits Biloxi - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Legendary college baseball coach visits Biloxi

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Former Mississippi State baseball coach Ron Polk made an appearance at the Big Red Athletic Foundation fund-raising dinner at the Biloxi Civic Center.

The "Father of SEC Baseball" is the SEC's winningest coach in any sport, compiling a career-record of 1,373-700-2 (.662). His teams made eight College World Series appearances and racked up five SEC championships.

"I enjoy the speaking a lot," said Polk, who speaks at public events free of charge. "I'm just giving back. I've been blessed in my career by coaching 48 years in college baseball -- 31 of those in the Southeastern Conference.

"I'm just giving back and hopefully I can instill some confidence in these young men both on and off the field academically and athletically."

Arguably Polk's most well-known team was his 1985 Mississippi State squad. That roster included Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Thigpen.

Polk is now a volunteer coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham under head coach Brian Shoop, who was an assistant for Polk at MSU during the 1983-89 seasons.

  • SPORTSMore>>

  • Gasser outduels Anderson for gold in women's Big Air

    Gasser outduels Anderson for gold in women's Big Air

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 9:34 PM EST2018-02-22 02:34:18 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:05 AM EST2018-02-22 06:05:32 GMT

    Anna Gasser edged two-time gold medalist Jamie Anderson in a thrilling final to earn gold in the Olympic debut of women's Big Air snowboarding.

    More >>

    Anna Gasser edged two-time gold medalist Jamie Anderson in a thrilling final to earn gold in the Olympic debut of women's Big Air snowboarding.

    More >>
  • Coast Connections: Matt Riser

    Coast Connections: Matt Riser

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:23 AM EST2018-02-22 05:23:33 GMT
    Picayune and PRCC product Matt Riser leads a practice at Southeastern Louisiana (WLOX Sports)Picayune and PRCC product Matt Riser leads a practice at Southeastern Louisiana (WLOX Sports)

    Our Coast Connections series continues with Matt Riser, and the story of how one Picayune native made a life-long connection at PRCC that helped make him one of the biggest up-and-coming head coaches in all of NCAA Baseball. 

    More >>

    Our Coast Connections series continues with Matt Riser, and the story of how one Picayune native made a life-long connection at PRCC that helped make him one of the biggest up-and-coming head coaches in all of NCAA Baseball. 

    More >>
  • Bobby Hall not backing down from controversial comments

    Bobby Hall not backing down from controversial comments

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:25 PM EST2018-02-22 04:25:17 GMT
    Bobby Hall leads Biloxi through a fall practice in 2017 (WLOX Sports File)Bobby Hall leads Biloxi through a fall practice in 2017 (WLOX Sports File)

    Former Biloxi head coach Bobby Hall did not back down from his controversial comments on the state of football on the Coast. 

    More >>

    Former Biloxi head coach Bobby Hall did not back down from his controversial comments on the state of football on the Coast. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly