Football in the Spring
Pat Poore is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. He coaches the running backs, after leading the wide receivers for the Gophers from 2011-13.
In 2013, Poore oversaw the maturation of senior receiver Derrick Engel and the emergence of true freshmen Donovahn Jones and Drew Wolitarsky. Engel led Minnesota with 25 catches, 401 yards and five touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Wolitarsky finished the regular season with 15 catches for 259 yards and one touchdown. Jones, who switched from quarterback to receiver at the end of fall camp, made 10 catches for 157 yards in 11 games.
Poore is a 28-year veteran of college coaching. Prior to his time at Minnesota, he spent three seasons at Northern Illinois. His first two years at NIU were spent coaching the quarterbacks, while he coached the wide receivers in 2010.
Poore has coached with Gopher head coach Jerry Kill since 2001, when he joined the staff at Southern Illinois. With the Salukis, Poore coached the quarterbacks.
Poore coached in three consecutive bowl games at Northern Illinois and also coached in the NCAA FCS Playoffs for five consecutive seasons (2003-07) at Southern Illinois. With the Salukis, quarterback Nick Hill broke five single-season school records and was a Sports Network All-America performer. He also coached 2004 Gateway Conference Player of the Year Joel Sambursky, who still holds multiple SIU records.
Prior to joining Kill's staff, Poore was an assistant coach at Central Oklahoma (1999-2000), Tarleton State (1997-99) and Panhandle State (1995-96). Poore also served as head coach at Iowa Wesleyan in 1994 and 1995. He also served as an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan from 1992-94. Poore's coaching career has also included stops at Colorado School of Mines (1990-91) and the University of Chicago (1991-92), where he was on staff with Gopher offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover.
Poore began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Fort Hays (Kan.) State in 1985. In 1987, he took a full-time position with Fort Hays State, while also coaching the Tigers' baseball team. In 1988, he gave up the baseball duties and was promoted to offensive coordinator, a role he served in until 1989. Poore is a gradute of Stockton (Kan.) High School
Poore and his wife, Gwen have two grown children, Trevor and Taylor.
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