Family Farms - Moravian College

Family Farms - Moravian College




In my ten years here at Moravian, I worked closely

with Coach P to publicize the many accomplishments

of his men’s and women’s track and field

teams. I could usually judge how a meet went,

especially at the NCAA Championships, just by

the sound of his voice: the sheer joy as he talked

about his national champions, or the pain when

someone was injured and missed out on an opportunity

to succeed at the highest level.

But my fondest memory of Coach P has nothing

to do with track and field. From time to time,

he’d fill in for me as a public address announcer at

Moravian’s football games. Three years

ago, the Greyhounds were trailing in

the fourth quarter and trying to rally for

the win. Coach P got on the microphone

several times to tell the crowd to

make noise, or suggest it was a time

to be quiet. I later asked the coach not

to do that again, since the game announcer

is supposed to remain neutral.

Unfortunately, the executive director of

the conference happened to be at the

game that day. We received a letter of

reprimand, and the entire conference

received a reminder about press box

and announcer etiquette. I have to smile

when I remember it, because I think

Coach Pollard’s irrepressible enthusiasm helped

the football team respond in the fourth quarter that

day: Moravian won with 29 seconds remaining.

–Mark Fleming, Sports Editor

Doug Pollard’s Death

Stuns Campus

With the October 22 death of head

men’s and women’s track and field coach

Douglas L. Pollard from a sudden cardiacrelated

incident, the Moravian College

Department of Athletics and the entire

College community mourned the loss of

one of their own.

“Doug Pollard was a pillar of the

Moravian community,” said Christopher

M. Thomforde, Moravian College

president. “He touched the lives of many

students throughout his career as a coach

and faculty member. He was a mentor,

teacher and friend whose presence will

be sorely missed.” Coach Pollard, who was

also a full professor at Moravian, was hired

in 1982. He helped the College reinstitute

its indoor and outdoor track and field programs,

beginning with the outdoor season

in 1984. During his tenure here, Coach

Pollard guided more than

150 student-athletes to

appearances at NCAA Division

III indoor and outdoor

national championships,

with sixty-nine students

earning All-American accolades.

His teams won fourteen

Middle Atlantic Conference

indoor team titles,

and sixteen MAC outdoor

titles. Of those championships,

the women won 11

of the last 12 indoor MAC

Championships and 13 of

the last 15 outdoor MAC


Coach Pollard’s track

and field teams had three

top-ten finishes at the NCAA national

meet, two by the men’s program and

one by the women’s squad. Eight of the

nine individual national champions in

Moravian’s history have been won by six

Pollard-coached track and field athletes.

One of those national champions, Christina

Scherwin ’05, competed at the 2004 Summer

Olympics in Sydney, Australia for her

native country, Denmark.

Coach Pollard was named the 2007

United States Track and Field and Cross

Country Coaches Association Division III

Mideast Region Women’s Coach of the Year.

He was honored six times as the Middle

Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, most

recently during the 2007 women’s indoor

season. “Doug’s passing is a tremendous

loss for Moravian College and the track and

field community that extends well beyond

our campus,” said Paul Moyer, director of

athletics. He added: “Doug embodied the

word ‘coach.’ He was an educator, mentor,

teacher, and leader of the highest order.

For us at Moravian, the student-athletes,

and others whose lives he’s touched, it’s

Doug’s sense of humor, compassion, and insight

that will endure and be remembered.”

On November 4, over 700 of Coach P’s

family members, friends, student-athletes,

and colleagues gathered for a memorial

service at First Presbyterian Church in

Bethlehem. The service included a sharing

of memories from his family and friends.

Afterwards, a reception was held at Johnston

Hall, where the attendees enjoyed

more stories and reminiscences, including

a slide show put together by Coach

Pollard’s eldest daughter Kate.


More magazines by this user
Similar magazines