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The Associated Press | March 10, 2015

Iowa State AD Pollard suffers heart attack

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard spent Tuesday recovering in an Iowa hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The Cyclones said in a statement that Pollard suffered the heart attack Monday while watching his daughters compete in a track meet on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.

Pollard, 50, spent Monday night at Allen Hospital in Waterloo and remained there as of Tuesday morning. Iowa State has said that any additional information on Pollard's condition will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

The school has appointed associate athletic director David Harris as the acting athletic director while Pollard recovers.

Pollard has been Iowa State's athletic director since 2005 and has overseen a marked improvement of the school's athletic profile during his tenure. Pollard is perhaps best known for hiring basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, then an NBA executive who had never coached a game on any level, back in 2010. Hoiberg has since led the Cyclones to three consecutive NCAA tournaments with a fourth bid certain to come Sunday.

Pollard also brought in football coaches Gene Chizik and the current coach, Paul Rhoads. He also signed popular women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly to what has amounted to a lifetime contract extension.

Pollard has recently focused much of his efforts to a massive renovation to Iowa State's football stadium, with a goal of increasing capacity to 61,000 ahead of next season.

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