THE SIDELINES : Ron Polk Pan Am Games Coach

From Times Wire Services

Ron Polk, head coach at Mississippi State, was named today by the United States Baseball Federation as head coach of the USA baseball team for the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana.

The team of American players will try to earn a spot in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, by finishing as one of the top qualifiers in the Pan Am Games.

USBF officials said it is expected that a team needs to finish in the top four of the Pan Am Games to earn a berth in the 1992 Olympics. Team USA did not earn an automatic spot despite its 1988 Olympic gold medal in the Seoul Games.

Polk served as an assistant coach to Stanford Coach Mark Marquess on that Olympic team. Both coaches also qualified teams for the 1990 College World Series beginning today in Omaha.

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