JPII is excited to welcome Marquis Mason-Pollard as the new head coach of the Lady Saints basketball team. Pollard started his coaching career at the collegiate level as an assistant coach at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine where he coached for two seasons. During his time at Thomas, he helped guide the Terriers to two winning seasons and a trip to the conference semifinals for the first time in school history. In his second year, he was promoted to top assistant and was named the head coach of the men’s JV program at Thomas. In September of 2016, Pollard moved to Greenville after accepting a head coaching position at Washington Academy, a post-grad program aimed at developing players and helping to get them to the next level. Coach Pollard then helped establish the Team Premier AAU program at the Premier Sports Academy. In October of 2018, Coach Pollard returned back to college basketball as an assistant for one season at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon where he was in charge of recruiting, scouting of opponents, and skill development. Pollard now assists with the 14U boys for Team Premier AAU and works full-time as a corrections officer.
Pollard played high school basketball in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Neumann-Goretti Catholic High School and Paul Robeson High School before playing collegiately at Thomas College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management. He has coached at various basketball camps, was a head basketball director of a sports summer camp, and brings a ton of enthusiasm and passion to the game of basketball.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to take the girls program at JPII to the next level. I pride myself in building a culture of fun, but also competitiveness, accountability, and hard work which will bring success to the Lady Saints program. My wife, Aracelis, and my daughter, Kinsley, and I are ready to embark on this journey and become a part of the JPII community.”