Aug 23, 2012
Pollard Signs Extension At Iowa State

The Associated Press

http://wcfcourier.com/sports/college/isu/iowa-state-signs-pollard-to-extension/article_1e9c36ae-ecdb-11e1-af7e-001a4bcf887a.html

Less than a year ago, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard wasn’t even sure the Cyclones would have a major conference to call home.

Now that both Iowa State and the Big 12 have emerged from realignment on solid footing, Pollard has secured his own future with the Cyclones.

Iowa State president Steven Leath announced Wednesday that Pollard has agreed to a five-year extension that will keep him in Ames through 2019.

Pollard has been with Iowa State since 2005 after spending three years as the deputy athletic director at Wisconsin.

It hasn’t always been a smooth tenure.

Pollard fired basketball coach Wayne Morgan in 2006. Long-time football coach Dan McCarney resigned under pressure later that year. Pollard replaced the pair with Greg McDermott and Gene Chizik — but neither stuck with Pollard or the Cyclones.

McDermott, lauded as a perfect fit when Pollard lured him from Northern Iowa, struggled in four seasons at Iowa State before moving back to the Missouri Valley with Creighton. Chizik bailed after just two disappointing seasons for Auburn, where he later won a national title.

But Pollard was among the figures who helped keep the Big 12 intact after four schools jumped to other leagues. He also fared much better with his coaching hires the second time around.

Pollard brought in central Iowa native and relative unknown Paul Rhoads as the football coach before the 2009 season. Rhoads has rewarded his boss by stabilizing and energizing a program that had long struggled for relevancy.

Season ticket sales for the upcoming season have cracked 38, 000 for the first time. Jack Trice Stadium was also renovated, and a new $20 million football building is just part of the nearly $100 million invested in athletic facilities during Pollard’s tenure.

But the move that might ultimately define Pollard’s time at Iowa State was his decision to hire basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.

Hoiberg was a former Iowa State star who boasted of a long NBA career but no coaching experience whatsoever. Pollard took a chance that Hoiberg could overcome his lack of experience with his extensive knowledge of the game.

Pollard Signs Extension At Iowa State

The Associated Press

http://wcfcourier.com/sports/college/isu/iowa-state-signs-pollard-to-extension/article_1e9c36ae-ecdb-11e1-af7e-001a4bcf887a.html

Less than a year ago, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard wasn’t even sure the Cyclones would have a major conference to call home.

Now that both Iowa State and the Big 12 have emerged from realignment on solid footing, Pollard has secured his own future with the Cyclones.

Iowa State president Steven Leath announced Wednesday that Pollard has agreed to a five-year extension that will keep him in Ames through 2019.

Pollard has been with Iowa State since 2005 after spending three years as the deputy athletic director at Wisconsin.

It hasn’t always been a smooth tenure.

Pollard fired basketball coach Wayne Morgan in 2006. Long-time football coach Dan McCarney resigned under pressure later that year. Pollard replaced the pair with Greg McDermott and Gene Chizik — but neither stuck with Pollard or the Cyclones.

McDermott, lauded as a perfect fit when Pollard lured him from Northern Iowa, struggled in four seasons at Iowa State before moving back to the Missouri Valley with Creighton. Chizik bailed after just two disappointing seasons for Auburn, where he later won a national title.

But Pollard was among the figures who helped keep the Big 12 intact after four schools jumped to other leagues. He also fared much better with his coaching hires the second time around.

Pollard brought in central Iowa native and relative unknown Paul Rhoads as the football coach before the 2009 season. Rhoads has rewarded his boss by stabilizing and energizing a program that had long struggled for relevancy.

Season ticket sales for the upcoming season have cracked 38, 000 for the first time. Jack Trice Stadium was also renovated, and a new $20 million football building is just part of the nearly $100 million invested in athletic facilities during Pollard’s tenure.

But the move that might ultimately define Pollard’s time at Iowa State was his decision to hire basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.

Hoiberg was a former Iowa State star who boasted of a long NBA career but no coaching experience whatsoever. Pollard took a chance that Hoiberg could overcome his lack of experience with his extensive knowledge of the game.






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