Go Eagles!
 
Days
 
Hours
 
Mins
 
Secs
 

Lytrel Pollard
Lytrel Pollard

Last College:
Marshall

Position:
Secondary / Cornerbacks Coach

Experience:
Ninth Season

01/16/2013

Three New Staff Additions Announced on Wednesday

Two assistant coaches complete the staff with the addition of Director of Football Operations.

11/08/2013

Week 11

09/19/2013

Bye Week Contests

06/25/2013

Featuring Coach Pollard

04/19/2013

Featuring Lytrel Pollard

Former Golden Eagle defensive back Lytrel Pollard returns to Southern Miss for his second stint as an assistant coach following a successful run at C-USA member schools.

Pollard returns to Southern Miss after a one-year stint at Marshall where he served as the team's corner backs coach. During his stay in Huntingdon, Pollard's top three defensive backs combined for 16 pass breakups, four interceptions and 111 tackles.

Prior to Marshall, Pollard served as UT Martin's defensive coordinator in 2011, where his unit finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference, including a second-best ranking in third down defense. His linebacker, Ben Johnson, finished fourth in the OVC in total tackles, while defensive end DJ Roberts finished second in the league in tackles for losses.

Prior to his time at UT Martin, Pollard spent one year at Mississippi College where he served as the Choctaws defensive coordinator for the 2010 season.

Before Mississippi College, Pollard was on the University of Memphis coaching staff for two seasons. He was part of the defensive staff that helped Memphis improve from 100th to 57th nationally in total defense in just one season.

Pollard spent nine seasons at Southern Miss on head coach Jeff Bower's staff before making the move to Conference USA rival Memphis. Pollard coached defensive backs, linebackers and was the special teams coordinator for the Black and Gold during this tenure.

In 2007, Pollard guided the Southern Miss defensive backs who logged 17 interceptions and were led by C-USA standout Brandon Sumrall. Sumrall totaled six picks for 101 yards and made one return for a touchdown that season, and was named to the All C-USA first team. He also tied for 18th nationally in interceptions and tallied eight pass breakups. In addition, defensive backs C.J. Bailey and Chico Hunter were named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.

Consistent defensive leaders in C-USA, Southern Miss ranked second in total defense and pass defense while leading the league in red zone defense. Pollard also guided the special teams unit, which was highlighted by punter Britt Barefoot, who ranked second in C-USA and 25th nationally in punting. The Golden Eagles ranked second in the league in net punting and were also second in kickoff coverage.

Pollard coached the 2005-C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and All-American Kevis Coley, who posted 150 tackles, the sixth best performance in Southern Miss history which still stands today. Coley's total tackles ranked No. 8 nationally, while his solos (81) were No. 7 nationally.

In 2004, Pollard coached outside linebacker Michael Boley, who left his mark as one of the greatest linebackers to ever play at Southern Miss. He was a two-time All-American, including consensus honors in 2004, the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and a three-time All-C-USA selection. He was tabbed a national semifinalist for the Butkus, Bednarik and Lott Awards, while winning the Conerly Trophy, given since 1996 to Mississippi's best college football player. He earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors four times and national player of the week honors by the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Foundation. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2005.

A native of Bay Springs, Miss., Pollard played at Stringer High School and completed an outstanding Southern Miss playing career in 1997 by helping lead the team to a 9-3 record, a C-USA championship and a Liberty Bowl title. He led the team in tackles with 114, a total that was good for fifth place in the conference. He was in double figures in tackles eight times in 11 games as a senior and had a season-best 13 stops in the season opener at Florida.

Pollard earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Miss in coaching and sport administration in the spring of 1998 and his master's degree in the fall of 1999. Pollard and his wife, Kristina, have two sons, Tylor and Klabron.

Pollard at a Glance
YearSchoolPosition
2012MarshallCornerbacks
2011Tenn.-MartinDefensive Coordinator
2010Mississippi CollegeDefensive Coordinator
2008-09MemphisDefensive Assistant
2006-07Southern MissDefensive Backs/Special Teams
2005Southern MissLinebackers/Special Teams
2000-04Southern MissLinebackers
1999Southern MissDefensive Graduate Assistant

Bowl Games
YearSchoolBowl
2008MemphisSt. Petersburg Bowl
2007Southern MissPapaJohns.com Bowl
2006Southern MissGMAC Bowl
2005Southern MissNew Orleans Bowl
2004Southern MissNew Orleans Bowl
2003Southern MissLiberty Bowl
2002Southern MissHouston Bowl
2000Southern MissMobile Alabama Bowl
1999Southern MissLiberty Bowl
1997Southern Miss PlayerLiberty Bowl

Follow SouthernMissFootball:    

7/22/2014 - Football

Nunez-Roches Set for Facebook Chat

7/21/2014 - Football

C-USA Football Media Day Coverage

07/15/2014 - Football

Mullens Set for Facebook Chat

FACEBOOK FANCRED INSTAGRAM PINTEREST TWITTER YOU TUBE