One of seven assistants who came to Northern Illinois with head coach Jerry Kill from Southern Illinois, Pat Poore enters his 26th year as a collegiate coach in 2010.
After tutoring the Huskie quarterbacks for the past two seasons, Poore moves over to coach the NIU wide receivers in 2010.
In his first two seasons at NIU, Poore oversaw the development of quarterbacks Chandler Harnish and DeMarcus Grady, as NIU advanced to bowl games in back-to-back seasons behind the duo. In 2009, Northern Illinois scored over 28.6 points per game to rank among the top teams in the MAC and the Huskies' quarterbacks contributed to NIU's ranking as the top rushing team in the league as they ranked third and fourth on the squad
From 2003-07, Poore's quarterbacks produced some of the most efficient attacks in the Football Championship Subdivision. Poore-coached quarterbacks finished 15th, second, 13th, seventh and third in the nation (FCS) in passing efficiency, and rewrote the SIU record book.
In 2007, Poore apprentice Nick Hill led the best passing attack in Saluki history. Hill broke five single-season school records, posted a 4:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and ranked 18th nationally in total offense. Under Poore's tutelage, Hill completed more than 70 percent of his passes in seven games en route to earning a spot on the Sports Network All-America Team.
Prior to Hill's tenure at Southern Illinois, Poore coached 2004 Gateway Conference Player of the Year Joel Sambursky, who still holds three SIU records and is second to Hill in five other categories.
Before joining Kill at Southern Illinois, Poore was an assistant coach at Central Oklahoma (1999-2000), Tarleton State (1997-1999) and Panhandle State (1995-96). He also served as head coach at Iowa Wesleyan (1994-95), where he previously worked as an assistant coach from 1992-94.
Poore's coaching career has also included stops at the Colorado School of Mines (1990-91) and the University of Chicago (1991-92), where he was on the coaching staff with current Huskie offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover.
Poore started his coaching career at his alma mater, Fort Hays State in Kansas. At FHSU, Poore coached defensive backs and special teams as a graduate assistant from 1985-86 while earning his master's degree in physical education. After graduation, Poore continued to coach defensive backs and took on the role of head baseball coach. A year later, he left baseball to become the football team's offensive coordinator, a position he held until 1989.
In 1984, Poore earned his bachelor's degree in education from Fort Hays State, where he wrapped up his playing career. As a defensive back, Poore earned first team NAIA District 10 honors. The four-year letterwinner held the school record for interceptions.
Poore and his wife, Gwen, the athletic director at Elgin High School, have two children, Trevor (23) and Taylor (21).
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