ATLANTA-Ben Pollard, who possesses more than 20 years of experience working with major college programs, has been named Assistant Director of Athletics for Speed, Strength and Conditioning for Georgia State Athletics, Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick announced.

In this newly created position, Pollard will work directly with the Panther football program while overseeing strength and conditioning for all 18 sports.

"An outstanding strength and conditioning program is absolutely essential to the success of Georgia State athletics," said Levick. "As our overall athletics program has grown, we needed to add additional staff and expertise in this area. Ben brings the knowledge and experience to help our student-athletes in all sports reach their full potential. He is a wonderful addition to our staff."

Pollard has spent much of his career working with FBS powers, including stints at Mississippi State (2007-09), Texas A&M (2004-07), Alabama (2001-04), and TCU (1998-01). From 1998 through 2009, he trained numerous future NFL players while working with football teams that played in seven bowl games and won four conference titles.

Before coming to Georgia State, he served as head strength and conditioning coach at Texas State University. That followed a one-year stint at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas.

Pollard is certified as a Master Strength Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). He also holds certification from the United States Weightlifting Federation (USWF) and as a National Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA).

He began his career as a graduate assistant strength coach at Texas Tech, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1984 and master's degree in 1989.