Rob Reeves will serve as the offensive coordinator, while Jay Sawvel will be defensive coordinator
Football in the Spring
Pat Poore is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at Minnesota. He coaches the running backs, after leading the wide receivers for the Gophers from 2011-13.
After coaching Gopher great David Cobb in 2014, Poore turned his focus to redshirt freshman Rodney Smtih and true freshman Shannon Brooks in 2015. The duo combined for 1,379 yards, which was 73.6% of the team total of 1,873 and nine touchdowns.
Smith rushed 157 times for 670 yards (sixth most ever for a freshman) and two touchdowns. Smith rushed for 88 yards against TCU in his career debut, which were the most by a Gopher freshman running back making his collegiate debut since Amir Pinnix also rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries as a freshman against Toledo on Sept. 4, 2004. Smith rushed for 108 yards at Colorado State to become the first Gopher freshman running back to break 100 yards since DeLeon Eskridge rumbled for 124 yards at Illinois in 2008.
Brooks rushed 119 times for 709 yards (fourth-most ever by a Gopher freshman) and seven touchdowns. He became the first Gopher since Laurence Maroney in 2005 to have four touchdown runs longer than 35 yards in one season and his average of 6.0 yards per carry is the 11th-best mark in school history and the third-best ever for a freshman behind Maroney (6.92 on 162 carries in 2003) and Marion Barber III (6.28 on 118 carries in 2001).
Smith and Brooks also emerged as threats in the passing game. Smith caught 16 passes for 124 yards, while Brooks hauled in 17 passes for 167 yards.
In Poore's first season as running backs coach, 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 Maroney 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 was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Tennessee. He 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 30-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 coached at Southern Illinois before moving with the staff to NIU. At SIU, 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.
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).
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
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
Fort Hays State (Defensive Back), 1981-84
M.S., Fort Hays State, 1986
B.S., Fort Hays State, 1984
Stockton (Kan.), 1980
July 25, 1962
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