October 18, 2011

Poland named head baseball coach at Lyndon

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Ed Poland Jr., the former Associate Head Coach of the St. Michael's College baseball program, has been named Head Baseball Coach at Lyndon State College.

Poland, a native Essex Junction Vt., has been active in baseball for more than 25 years in several capacities. As a head coach at the junior varsity, varsity and collegiate level, he has compiled a career record of 209-54 for a winning percentage of .795.

In addition to his responsibilities with the Purple Knight program, Poland has been a member of the Vermont Baseball Coaches Association for 25 years and also holds membership in World Baseball Coaches Association. In years past, he has served on the Board of Director for the Essex Little League Program and had been a member of the Burlington Expos Baseball Club for a period of eight years.

"I am honored to be named the Head Baseball Coach at Lyndon State College," Said Poland. "My goals will be simple and straight forward. We want to become a consistent, competitive baseball program year in and year out within the North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division. This will require a lot of hard work through developing the talent that is here now and the constant recruiting of talented student-athletes in the future. 

"I will constantly follow the baseball talent throughout New England and New York to bring the best student-athletes to Lyndon State College," he continued. "When opposing teams play Lyndon State, they will have to face with one of the best fundamentally-sound programs in the NEAC East every year."

In addition to his teaching and recruiting prowess, Poland has a vision for the Lyndon program that is consistent with the institution's core values and the athletic department's strategic plan.

"The Lyndon State baseball program will play the game the way it was meant to be played - hard-nosed and clean, said Poland. "The student-athletes that play baseball for Lyndon State College will stay loyal and positive to themselves, the team, their family and the community always.  There is no ceiling to the future of Lyndon State College baseball program. The sky is the limit!"

Poland's hiring was a culmination of a national search, initiated by Lyndon Director of Athletics Chris Ummer, which yielded several qualified applicants.

"We're very excited about the baseball knowledge and recruiting background Ed brings to Lyndon," said Ummer. "In addition, with his 20 years plus of coaching experience as well as playing experience at the semi-professional level we believe he can take the Hornet baseball program to the next level."