CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College baseball assistant coach Mark Crocco has been elevated to Assistant Head Coach, head coach Elton Pollock announced on Thursday. Crocco earns the promotion prior to his fifth season with the program.
“Coach Crocco’s hard work, loyalty and support for Presbyterian College are incredible,” said Pollock. “This promotion recognizes all of the great work he has done and his dedication to our program over the past four seasons. He has an outstanding passion for the game, is always willing to go above and beyond, and is 100% committed to our success. He has truly had a positive impact on this program and is deserving of his new title.”
Crocco, who joined the PC program in 2013, was named the top recruiter in the Big South by D1Baseball.com earlier this offseason. The program has put together back-to-back 27-win seasons, the high-water mark for wins in PC’s Division I era, with Crocco serving as recruiting coordinator for both. His efforts helped PC make its first appearance in the Big South Championship last season, after totaling a school record 12 Big South victories.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be able to serve under Coach Pollock over the past four years,” Crocco said. “PC Baseball is a family and to be named Assistant Head Coach is truly a blessing. The players in this program deserve all the credit. They have been committed to the vision that we have set in place as a coaching staff and truly embrace what servant leadership is all about. I am very excited for the future of this program and the caliber of character each of these young men develop in their time at PC, both on and off the field.”
Crocco's guidance helped the Blue Hose to a sixth-place finish in the Big South in 2016, its best since transitioning to Division I. PC’s two-best fielding seasons since 2008 have both come in Crocco’s tenure as infield coach. The Blue Hose fielded a D1-era best .972 in his first season in 2013, before managing a .970 fielding percentage last season under his watch with its two-lowest error totals coming in each of the respective seasons.
Crocco arrived at PC in 2013 after two seasons as an assistant coach at The United States Air Force Academy. He also helped guide the squad to four All-Mountain West Conference selections and a school record for fielding percentage in 2011.