Pat Poore is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Minnesota. He coaches the running backs, after leading the wide receivers for the Gophers from 2011-13.
In Poore's first season as running backs coach, senior David Cobb broke Minnesota's season rushing record with 1,626 yards (fourth in the Big Ten) on 314 carries. Cobb, who earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors, ran for a team-high 13 touchdowns. He became the first Gopher to record consecutive 1,200-yard seasons since Laurence Maroney did in 2004 and 2005. As part of the nation's No. 28 rushing offense, the Gophers' running backs combined for 1,970 of Minnesota's 2,801 rushing yards and 20 of its 32 rushing scores.
Cobb flourished under Poore. In addition to setting Minnesota’s single-season rushing record, he was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Tennessee. Cobb was the first Gopher running back to be selected since Maroney was a first-round pick by New England in 2006.
In 2013, Poore oversaw the maturation of senior receiver Derrick Engel and the emergence of true freshmen 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.
Poore is a 29-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 graduate of Stockton (Kan.) High School
Poore and his wife Gwen have two grown children, Trevor and Taylor.
THE POORE FILE
Coaching Experience 2014-present: Minnesota - Running Backs 2011-13: Minnesota - Wide Receivers 2010: Northern Illinois - Wide Receivers 2008-09: Northern Illinois - Quarterbacks 2001-07: Southern Illinois - Quarterbacks 1999-2000: Central Oklahoma - Assistant Coach 1997-98: Tarleton State - Offensive Coordinator 1995-96: Panhandle State - Offensive Coordinator 1994-95: Iowa Wesleyan - Head Coach 1992-94: Iowa Wesleyan - Offensive Coordinator 1991-92: University of Chicago - Recruiting/Special Teams 1990-91: Colorado School of Mines - Defensive Backs/Special Teams 1988-89: Fort Hays State - Offensive Coordinator 1987-88: Fort Hays State - Defensive Backs 1985-86: Fort Hays State - Graduate Assistant
Playing Experience Fort Hays State (Defensive Back), 1981-84
College M.S., Fort Hays State, 1986 B.S., Fort Hays State, 1984