About Coach Pollack:
Under the direction and guidance of 13th year head coach Bob
Pollock, the Clemson track and field teams closed out the 20th
century by winning the indoor and outdoor ACC Championships and
posting two 10th place NCAA final rankings. The indoor ACC title was
the fourth straight for the Tigers.
The 1990's truly were a decade of champions. During the 1999-2000 season, Clemson had its first individual American record holder and its most decorated track athlete ever in Shawn Crawford, who won the NCAA Championship in the 200m indoor and outdoor while earning All-American status in the 60m indoors and the 100m outdoors. Crawford was one of four All-Americans and 17 All-ACC honorees for the Tigers last year.
In 1999, Clemson won the indoor ACC title for the third
consecutive season. The Tigers finished third nationally, behind the
national championships of Ato Modibo in the 400m and the 4x400m relay
team of Charles Allen, Kenny Franklin, Davidson Gill and Modibo.
Clemson placed second at the 1999 ACC outdoor meet, then
finished 19th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Tigers brought
home a record 12 All-America certificates at the meet.
At the 1998 ACC indoor meet, Clemson scored 144 points to win
by 9.5 points over North Carolina, and eight Tigers were honored as
All-ACC. At the NCAA indoor meet, Clemson tied for third place with
Washington State. The Tigers had seven All-Americans, including 200m
national champion Shawn Crawford.
During the 1998 outdoor season Clemson won the ACC
Championship with 194 points and had six ACC Champions. At the NCAA
outdoor meet Clemson tied for 11th place and brought home 10
During the 1996-97 season the Tigers, led by seven All-ACC
selections, won the ACC Indoor title. Although the Tigers claimed
only two event titles, they did most of their damage with depth and
balance. The team scored in every event and had multiple scorers in
10 of the 14 individual events.
The Tigers excelled during the outdoor season as well,
winning the ACC Outdoor Championships with 216 points to break an
18-year-old record. This was the first time in four years that the
Tigers had won an outdoor championship. Scoring in all 19 events,
Clemson walked away with nine ACC Champions and 15 All-ACC athletes.
Under Pollock's direction, Clemson finished 17th at the NCAA
Outdoor Championships and earned seven All-America honors. The
4x100m relay team of Carlton Chambers, Tony Wheeler, Jeremichael
Williams, and Charles Allen were the NCAA runner-up in a time of
38.92, and the time broke the Clemson record.
In 1995, Pollock's team finished 10th nationally in outdoor
track, tying for Clemson's best finish ever at the national
Pollock had nine All-America athletes return to Clemson
during the 1996 indoor season and eight more All-Americans returned
during outdoors. For only the second time in Clemson's outdoor
history, a national champion individual title returned to the Clemson
ranks. Another first for Pollock's tenure was the winning of an
All-America certificate in the field events (John Thorp-high jump).
The 1995-96 year was a banner one for Pollock off the track
as well, as he was inducted into the Appalachian State Hall of Fame
for his coaching of the Mountaineers' track and field program
The 1992-93 season was one of the most successful in Clemson
history. The Tigers won both conference track titles, finished
second nationally indoors for the second year in a row, and posted a
10th-place finish at the NCAA outdoor meet. Clemson athletes won
three individual national championships in 1993, with Michael Green
bringing home honors in the 55m indoors and the 100m outdoors, and
Wesley Russell winning the national indoor title in the 400m.
Pollock was named the ACC Coach-of-the-Year for both the indoor and
outdoor track seasons.
Former Clemson athletes James Trapp and Michael Green were
1992 NCAA indoor champions on the way to leading the Tigers to a
number-two team finish at the NCAA meet. Pollock was also awarded
the National Coach-of-the-Year honors for his team's accomplishments
that season. The Tigers repeated that feat in 1993, once again
finishing second at the NCAA Indoor Championships, winning three
national champion individual titles in 1993.
James Trapp won the U.S. and world indoor championships in
the 200m in 1992, while three members of the 1991-92 squad (Trapp,
Green, and Anthony Knight) and one of Pollock's former Tigers
(Terrance Herrington) traveled to Barcelona to compete in the 1992
During the 1988-89 season, Pollock's first at Clemson, he led
his teams to the "Triple Crown" of ACC track. That year, the Tigers
won the conference titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track,
a first in Clemson track history. Clemson finished eighth nationally
indoors in 1990. Seven individuals were awarded All-America honors
and the Clemson squad made national news by running a world-record
time in the 4x800 meter relay to win the national championship in
that event. Since that first season, the Tigers have won nine of the
last 12 indoor ACC championships and have won seven outdoor titles.
Pollock's athletes have also enjoyed success in the classroom
as well. Distance runner Trent Kirk was honored with the 1998 ACC
Most Outstanding Senior Scholarship Male Athlete Award after posting
a 3.80 GPA. Hurdler Duane Ross was awarded the prestigious IPTAY
Athlete-of-the-Year honor in 1995 because of his academic and
athletic accomplishments. James Trapp received the IPTAY award in
1992, and Olympic sprinter Michael Green received the IPTAY award the
following year. Hurdler Anthony Knight was the recipient of the
ACC's Jim Weaver Award in 1993, one of the highest academic awards
given by the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a NCAA Postgraduate
scholarship. The Jim Weaver Award has also been awarded to two other
Pollock proteges, Henrik Skov in 1989 and Dov Kremer in 1991. In
1991, Cormac Finnerty, a four-time All-American for the Tigers in
track, was named a cross country Academic All-American, and Mike
Kauffman won cross country and track Academic All-America honors
during the 1993 and 1994 seasons.
Pollock admits that his success would not have been possible
without great student-athletes and great assistant coaches. Tigers
have brought home an incredible 143 All-America certificates and have
won ACC Championships in 21 different events since his arrival at
Clemson. The Tigers have added nine indoor conference titles, seven
outdoor conference titles, a cross country conference title, and 18
top-20 national rankings, including 10 top 10 finishes to the Clemson
With those accolades, he can now boast of 16 Conference
Coach-of-the-Year honors in only 12 years at Clemson, more than any
other coach in Clemson history. He has been named a conference
coach-of-the-year a total of 29 times during his coaching career. In
his 28 years of coaching, he has now led teams to 27 conference
titles (10 Southern Conference Championships at Appalachian State, 17
ACC titles at Clemson).
Success and conference titles were nothing new to Pollock
when he came to Clemson. During 14 years as head track and cross
country coach at Appalachian State University, Pollock led the
Mountaineers to five Southern Conference outdoor titles, four indoor
championships and one cross country title. His teams swept the
Southern Conference indoor and outdoor meets in 1984, 1985, 1986, and
The Rochester, NY, native began his coaching career at The
Citadel, where Pollock served as head cross country and assistant
track coach from 1972-74.
Pollock earned his B.S. degree in physical education from The
Citadel in 1971, and was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs as
a distance runner. His senior year, he was voted the team MVP as
well as team captain. He also earned a master's degree in physical
education from the University of Georgia in 1972.
Another important part of Pollock's coaching philosophy that
has paid off during his years at Clemson and before is the importance
he places on family. His wife Jackie, and children John (20), a
student and baseball pitcher at The Citadel, Kristen (17), and
Kathryn (13) are familiar sites out at the track, whether during
actual competition or just during daily practice.