Aurora -- Although Greg Pollock has a new job in another school district, he will remain as "the voice of the Greenmen."
Pollock began his new job Aug. 1 as director of human resources for the South Euclid-Lyndhurst schools. For 16 years, he was an administrator in the local district, most recently as director of business affairs and transportation.
Aurora Athletic Director Paul Powers confirmed that Pollock will remain as the public address announcer at Aurora High School home football games.
"Greg does an outstanding job coordinating all of our sports information items," Powers said. "Whether working with radio/ TV outlets or the print media, the work that he does behind the scenes is tremendous. His attention to detail in dealing with the media does not go unnoticed."
Pollock said he is happy to continue. "I told Paul, 'Sure, you can count me in for the football games,'" he said.
Pollock lives in Aurora with wife Lori. Son Mitch is a senior this school year at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, while daughter Emma is a sophomore at Aurora High School, where she plays volleyball and basketball.
Pollock's first season behind the football PA microphone was 2007 when he succeeded longtime Greenmen varsity wrestling coach and AD Dick Bliss.
"I had already been announcing basketball, track and soccer for a number of years before that," he said.
During Pollock's second year doing football game announcing, the Greenmen won the Division III state championship. He announced the regular season games, plus Aurora's first playoff encounter, which was at home. After that, all of Aurora's playoff games were on the road, so Pollock became just another observer.
"It was really fun because I'm a big fan," he said.
POLLOCK ALSO likes doing playoff games when neither team is Aurora. "You can get jazzed up and enthusiastic for both teams without upsetting anyone," he said.
Pollock likes football PA announcing the best. "You get to inform a larger audience," he said. "It's more engaging."
He said people sometimes get confused about his role. "I'm not a play-by-play announcer," he said. "But I try to give credit to as many players as possible. I really enjoy giving recognition at the end of the game to kids who don't always play."
Pollock said he enjoys announcing for coach Bob Mihalik and his team.
"Coach Mihalik has been a great guy to work with over the years," he said. "Announcing for him and his teams has always been enjoyable."
Pollock, who puts together weekly media guides for Aurora football, has been assisted by Bob Nelson, an Aurora parent who serves as a spotter in the pressbox.
Pollock said his most memorable football game that he has been the PA announcer occurred last season when New Philadelphia High School, his alma mater, played at Aurora. The Greenmen won, 35-32.
"It was neat because I never got to announce a Quaker [New Philly] game before," he said.
Still, basketball is his favorite sport to announce because he has coached and officiated the sport. In fact, he has been a women's small college basketball referee for 21 years. He's also was a junior varsity assistant basketball coach for six years in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights school district, where he also coached track and cross country.
In his new job with the South Euclid-Lyndhurst schools, Pollock said he is looking forward to a new challenge, while looking forward to continuing his tradition behind the pressbox microphone for the Greenmen gridders.
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