Ben Pollard, who possesses more than two decades of experience working with major college programs, joined the Georgia State staff in June 2011 as Assistant Director of Athletics for Speed, Strength and Conditioning.
Pollard works directly with the Panther football program while overseeing strength and conditioning for all 19 GSU sports.
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. He also spent nine years (1989-98) at Sam Houston State, serving as head strength coach and kinesiology instructor.
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.
Pollard is married to the former Leslie Willis and has three children: Harrison, Melissa and Everett.