Mike Pollio

Mike Pollio (born May 12, 1943)

Teams coached: Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers, VCU Rams, Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Kentucky Wesleyan record^: 117-35 (.770)
VCU record: 65-57 (.554)
Eastern Kentucky record: 51-41 (.554)
Overall record^: 233-134 (.635)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1988)
  • GLVC (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (1983, 1984, 1985)
  • NCAA Division II Final Four:  3  (1982, 1984, 1985)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  4  (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)


  • GLVC (Div II) Coach of the Year:  3  (1981, 1983, 1984)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1989-1992 Eastern Kentucky
1985-1989 VCU
1980-1985 Kentucky Wesleyan
1975-1980 Old Dominion (asst)

Mike Pollio Facts

  • Mike Pollio
  • Born May 12, 1943
  • Alma Mater: Bellarmine College (BA, 1965)
  • Spent five years as an assistant coach under Paul Webb at Old Dominion
  • Hired in 1980 to be head coach at D-II Kentucky Wesleyan, leading the Panthers for five successful seasons
    • After going 16-12 in his first year, his teams won 22+ games and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the next four
    • Won three Great Lakes Valley titles and reached the D-II NCAA Final Four three times (1982, 1984, 1985)
    • Also served as athletic director, reviving the school’s football program in 1983 after over 50 years on hiatus
    • Turned the program over to assistant Wayne Chapman in 1985; the Panthers would win the D-II national title just two years later
    • Later inducted into the Kentucky Wesleyan Hall of Fame (class of 2014) for his contributions as coach and AD
  • Moved back to the Division I ranks, taking over as the head coach of the VCU Rams
    • Went 65-57 overall, highlighted by a 23-12 record and NIT Quarterfinal finish in 1987-88
  • Last collegiate head coaching role was at Eastern Kentucky, where he went 51-42 in three seasons at the helm
  • From 2002-2010, Pollio served as the commissioner of the NAIA Mid-South Conference (headquarters in Louisville, KY)

Mike Pollio Coaching Tree

  • Wayne Chapman (Kentucky Wesleyan)
  • Bobby Collins (Shaw, Maryland Eastern Shore, Winston-Salem State, Hampton)
  • Scott Davenport (Bellarmine)
  • Ray Harper (Jacksonville State, Western Kentucky, Oklahoma City, Kentucky Wesleyan)
  • Tubby Smith (High Point, Memphis, Texas Tech, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia, Tulsa)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels