SDSU Men’s Basketball Adds JD Pollock to Staff
Sept. 18, 2017
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State men’s basketball head coach Brian Dutcher today announced the addition of JD Pollock to his staff. Pollock will fill the role of director of player development and rounds out the Aztecs’ coaching staff.
Pollock spent the last three seasons at CSU Bakersfield where he was the Roadrunners’ director of operations before being promoted to assistant coach. In his first two seasons, Pollock served as the director of operations and was responsible for all operation aspects of the program. In his second year as the director of operations, he helped CSUB to its first WAC tournament championship and a berth in the 2016 NCAA tournament.
Following its NCAA run, CSU Bakersfield elevated Pollock to assistant coach and the Roadrunners experienced similar success. In 2016-17, Pollock helped CSUB to its first regular-season WAC title and a berth in the NIT, where it advanced to the national semifinals, becoming the first No. 8 seed to make it to Madison Square Garden and New York City.
In three seasons at CSU Bakersfield, Pollock helped the Roadrunners to a 64-37 record (30-12 WAC), including a 49-19 mark in his final two years.
Prior to his time in Bakersfield, Pollock had a similar career path at Central Arizona College where he was an assistant coach for two seasons (2011-13) before becoming the head coach for the 2013-14 campaign. As an assistant, he helped the 2012-13 Central Arizona squad post a school-record 30-5 record that saw them capture conference, region and district championships along the way. The next season he was named head coach and ultimately helped CAC to a 64-31 record in three seasons and recruited/coached nine players that moved on to play Division I basketball, including two NJCCAA All-Americans.
Pollock landed in Coolidge, Arizona after a two-year stint at TCU where he was a graduate assistant for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. While in Fort Worth, Pollock earned his master’s degree, which came after a playing career at Kennesaw State. The 2008-09 team captain received his bachelor’s degree later that year in sports management.
Pollock joins a San Diego State program that in 2017-18 is set to return three starters, including an all-conference backcourt of Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley, and five players overall (Montaque Gill-Caesar, Hemsley, Max Hoetzel, Kell, Malik Pope) who saw action in the starting lineup a year ago. The Aztecs also add Devin Watson to the roster after he sat out last season following his transfer from San Francisco where he averaged 20.3 points and 4.9 assists as a sophomore in 2015-16, and Kameron Rooks, who is a graduate transfer from California. In addition to Watson and Rooks, SDSU will welcome four-star athletes Jalen McDaniels (redshirt freshman) and Jordan Schakel (true freshman), and three-star players Matt Mitchell (true freshman) and Adam Seiko (true freshman).