In January of 2013, former Golden Eagle defensive back Lytrel Pollard returned to Southern Miss for his second stint as an assistant coach. Pollard, a standout player for the Black and Gold, directs the secondary with an emphasis on the cornerbacks.
Pollard returned to Southern Miss after a one-year stint at Marshall where he served as the team's cornerbacks coach. During his stay in Huntington, 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.
Pollard directed a consistent defensive unit 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. 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, Ty and Klabron. Ty joined the Golden Eagle football team prior to the 2015 season.
|Pollard at a Glance|
|2010||Mississippi College||Defensive Coordinator|
|2006-07||Southern Miss||Defensive Backs/Special Teams|
|2005||Southern Miss||Linebackers/Special Teams|
|1999||Southern Miss||Defensive Graduate Assistant|
|2008||Memphis||St. Petersburg Bowl|
|2007||Southern Miss||PapaJohns.com Bowl|
|2006||Southern Miss||GMAC Bowl|
|2005||Southern Miss||New Orleans Bowl|
|2004||Southern Miss||New Orleans Bowl|
|2003||Southern Miss||Liberty Bowl|
|2002||Southern Miss||Houston Bowl|
|2000||Southern Miss||Mobile Alabama Bowl|
|1999||Southern Miss||Liberty Bowl|
|1997||Southern Miss Player||Liberty Bowl|
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