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Mississippi State brings Ron Polk home

Photo: Kelly Donoho/Mississippi State Athletics

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are bringing home the most successful baseball coach in program history, and arguably one of the best coaches in Southeastern Conference history. Ron Polk will officially be returning to Starkville.

On Wednesday, Mississippi State announced that Polk would be returning home to Starkville to take a position as “Special Assistant to the Athletic Director.”

Mississippi State technically now has two of its former baseball coaches directing its Athletic Department.

As it turns out, this will be the second time Polk will serve in a roll in which he’s helping out someone he once mentored. Prior to coming home to Starkville, Polk was in Birmingham, helping out with the UAB Blazers, where he was assisting another one of his former mentees.

Just as he’s set to act as an assistant for one of his former players in John Cohen, Polk was assisting Brian Shoop, who once was an assistant coach under Polk at State.

Polk issued the following statement in Mississippi State’s news release:

“Mississippi State is a special place, and this is home for me,” Polk said. “After 54 years of coaching college baseball, including the last 12 as a volunteer assistant at UAB, this is a perfect time for me to give back to Mississippi State. I’m very appreciative to this great university and Director of Athletics John Cohen for allowing me to do this. From meeting with and being available to our coaches in different capacities, to development, alumni speaking events, serving on committees, or occasional radio and television broadcasts, I can’t wait to promote and assist in any way I can to help the Bulldogs continue to be one of the best athletic programs in the country.”

Ron Polk

And, based off a tweet from last week, it seems like current Mississippi State baseball head coach Chris Lemonis and Polk get along.

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