Former Pioneer coach to be honored

Representatives from Pioneer High School’s 1966 and 1967 Suburban
League championship baseball teams will gather Friday to honor the late Howard Pollock
for his contributions as a coach and athletic director in a ceremony
at the school.

A commemorative plaque will be given to Pollock’s daughter, Dana
Hicks, during a ceremony at 2:45 p.m. before the varsity game against
visiting Del Rio League leader La Serna. A plaque also will be placed in
the home dugout.

The festivities will feature comments from event organizer and former
Pioneer player Hal Young along with Anthony Gonzales, a former Pioneer
coach and current California High School physical education teacher who
worked with Pollock, and former team members.
Pollock’s teams won five league championships in eight years, according
to Young, who was a member of the 1966-67 title teams. Ed Thomas was the
CIF Southern Section, Division 3A Player of the Year in 1967, and
several players from those teams went on to play college or
professionally. Another of Pollock’s players, Bill Saunders, earned the Player of the Year honor in 1962. Both Thomas and Saunders reportedly will be present for the ceremony.

Pollock served as the Titans’ coach for 16 years. Gonzales replaced
him and led the program for 17 years. “He was brilliant and very
professional,” Gonzales said. “He was a strategic baseball coach – he
taught me a lot about strategy. I learned so much from him, and I tried
to continue his tradition as coach.”

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