Ned Pollert is new Grand Junction athletic director
Ned Pollert is taking over as the Grand Junction High School Athletic Director.
Pollert replaces Greg King, who was the Tigers’ athletic director for the past three years.
King retired from School District 51, but is considering returning to coaching.
Pollert coached both cross country and track at Grand Junction, and has a cross-country meet, the Ned Pollert Invitational, named after him in the fall.
Clay Keithley took over for Pollert as the cross-country coach in 2005, and said bringing in Pollert is a good move for the school.
“He’s the perfect fit for the position,” Keithley said. “He knows the culture of our school and he’s been around some great athletic directors.”
Pollert has more than 25 years in education, which Keithley said will help every athletic program.
“He’s one of the best guys you’ll come across professionally or personally,” Keithley said. “He’s got the knowledge of not just his sport but every sport, so he has the knowledge and he knows how to do things right. We’re all excited that he’s in that position.”
Pollert had been teaching in the resource department of Grand Junction, and for the past five years, Pollert has been the District 51 coordinator for all middle school and high school track events.
“We interviewed some good candidates,” District 51 Athletic Director Paul Cain said. “We felt Ned had a lot of good experience and we are excited to have him.”
Pollert has plenty of time to get acclimated to the position as school doesn’t go back into session until August 23.