Basketball Alumnus Bob Pollock '66 Visits LWC for First Time in Nearly 50 Years
Posted on Saturday, February 08, 2014 [9:16 PM]
Wearing his letterman's jacket, alumnus Bob Pollock '66 joins
members of the
LWC women's basketball team following the Blue Raiders' 84-74
over University of Pikeville (Ky.).
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The last time Bob
Pollock was at Lindsey Wilson College, the school's sole basketball
team was only for male students, and they played all of their home
games in what is now the Adair County Middle School
Still a junior college, Lindsey Wilson had an
enrollment of but a few hundred students on a campus of less than a
That was almost a half-century ago.
Pollock, who graduated from LWC in 1966, returned
to his alma mater Saturday for the first time in almost 50 years to
watch the LWC-University of Pikeville (Ky.) basketball games at
Biggers Sports Center.
He was a guest of LWC women's basketball coach John B. Wethington, whose team treated Pollock
to an 84-74 overtime win over the Bears.
"It's been a vacation for me to come here to see
these young people play basketball and see the progress Lindsey
Wilson has made," Pollock said.
Pollock, of Brandenburg, Ky., was accompanied by
his wife, Pam, son Brian and grandsons, Brendin, 13, and Brady, 10.
He brought his Lindsey Wilson letterman's jacket, which still
"I wanted my grandsons to see where I went to
college, and I also wanted to pay tribute to John Wethington by
supporting his team," Pollock said.
Pollock, who was a forward during his two years at
Lindsey Wilson, played for LWC Athletic Hall of Fame basketball
coach Don Green. The 1964-65 LWC team, which went
22-5, won the regular-season Kentuckiana Junior College Athletic
Conference championship and was runner-up in the conference
tournament. The Blue Raiders represented the KJCAC in the National
Junior College Athletic Association tournament regionals, played in
"Our big wins that year were over Vincennes College
of Indiana," said Pollock, who grew up in Irvington in Breckinridge
County, Ky. "They were our big rival in the conference, and we beat
them twice (75-71 and 72-66) during the season."
The 1965-66 LWC team went 19-6 and also advanced
again to the first round National Junior College Athletic
Association tournament regionals, played that year in Fayette,
By the mid-1960s, the LWC gymnasium had fallen into
disrepair, so Green's Blue Raiders held most practices and all home
games at what was then the Adair County High School
"We maybe practiced in our gym four times each
year, so we practiced there about eight times during my two years
here," Pollock said. "It wasn't in very good condition, which is
why we practiced so much at the high school gym. One of the
toughest part about playing basketball at Lindsey Wilson back then
was that we practiced at night because the high school team got the
gym during the day."
Men's basketball was the only varsity sport at
Lindsey Wilson in the 1960s. The college no longer awards letter
jackets, but now has 23intercollegiate varsity teams, 12 of which
are for female students.
"I can't imagine all the sports activities now
going on. It's unreal what they have done," Pollock
Pollock graduated from LWC with a double major in
biology and health/physical education. "I had some great science
teachers at Lindsey Wilson," he said.
After earning a bachelor's degree from
then-Campbellsville (Ky.) College, Pollock enjoyed a 27-year career
in Meade County, Ky., schools, including 13 years as coach of the
Meade County High School girls' basketball team.
"I'm overwhelmed by the progress Lindsey WIlson has
made, and it makes me a whole lot proud," Pollock said.