Prince Pollard’s role in Florida high school athletics transcends simply officiating games. He is also viewed as a role model that has impacted the community tremendously in a positive way.
Pollard is going on his 40th year as a FHSAA contest official, including 20 years at the junior college level and 19 years in the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference. His officiating has covered football, flag football, basketball and volleyball.
He began officiating in sand lot games and eventually became certified for basketball and football for the FHSAA. His expertise and constant studying of rules and regulations gave him good accreditation among coaches. After receiving the right amount of encouragement to pursue officiating at a higher level, he was accepted by the SEC as the first African American to officiate football at any levels of the participating SEC games.
In 1981 Pollard received the FHSAA Superior Official Award, and in 2002 was the Central Florida Official Association (CFOA) Official of the Year. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) tabbed him as the NFHS Section 3 Official of the Year (Section 3 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).
In 2006 he received the FHSAA 35-Year Service Award and was inducted into the CFOA Hall of Fame in 2007. Overall, Pollard has worked over 1,400 basketball games, including 18 state finals and over 300 football games with five championship games among them.