Ron Polk - "Creating a Legacy"

Ron Polk has been a supporter of Mississippi State University both on and off the field for many years. Thanks to a generous bequest, his love of MSU athletics will last forever.

Polk has bequeathed property to Mississippi State through the MSU Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of the property will one day benefit his beloved baseball program.

Currently in his 29th season as head coach for Mississippi State's Diamond Dogs, Polk is the winningest coach in Southeastern Conference baseball history. He has helped solidify Mississippi State's position of prominence on college baseball's national map. His career in collegiate baseball spans 40 years.

A native of Boston, Mass., Ron Polk is in his second tour as head baseball coach at Mississippi State. He initially served as head coach at MSU from 1976 until his retirement from coaching following Mississippi State's run to the 1997 College World Series.

After a four-year absence, Polk returned to the post for the 2002 season. In the two seasons prior to his return to MSU, Polk served as head coach at the University of Georgia, guiding the 2001 UG Bulldogs to an SEC championship and an appearance in the College World Series.

Perhaps no figure in all of college baseball is more widely recognized and respected than Polk.

He rates as one of only three head coaches in the history of college baseball to guide three different schools to the NCAA College World Series. He is the author of "The Baseball Playbook", the nation's leading college textbook for baseball and has been actively involved with coaching in international baseball.

Polk is a 1965 graduate of Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University. He launched his coaching career and earned his master's degree from the University of Arizona in 1966.

The MSU baseball facility was officially renamed Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium in 1998 in honor of Polk and the late Gordon DeMent, a successful businessman and longtime MSU baseball fan from Indianola. With his 27th season at MSU in 2006, Polk moved past C.R. "Dudy" Noble as the longest-tenured baseball coach in Mississippi State history.

Individuals wishing to learn more about making a bequest or other deferred gifts may contact Vance Bristow, director of planned giving, at 662.325.3707 or e-mail

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