Willis Pooler

Willis Pooler begins his 12th year as Lindsey Wilson College's director of athletics with the start of the 2014-15 season.

Pooler has been selected as the Mid-South Conference Athletic Director of the Year four times, including 2004-05, 2006-07, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Under Pooler's direction, Lindsey Wilson athletics has become one of the top NAIA programs in the nation.

Since 2003, the number of student-athletes has increased more than 70 percent, including the initiation of the first football program in 75 years, men's wrestling, men's and women's swimming and a women's basketball junior varsity program.

Pooler was instrumental in aiding with the designs of the Lindsey Wilson Sports Park -- home of the baseball, football, softball and track & field programs -- and the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center -- home of LWC wrestling and men's and women's swimming.

Pooler has helped the Lindsey Wilson athletics department's fundraising to an all-time high. With his efforts, fundraising has increased 65 percent in nine years, including the annual Athletic Auction setting records in each year under Pooler's direction.

Pooler continues outreach programs within the Adair County-Columbia communities. The athletic department partnered with the Adair County Little League to build an indoor practice facility for baseball and softball. His athletic department programs provide instruction to the youth and are involved in such community projects as road side clean-ups and volunteering at local schools.

During Pooler's 10-year tenure, 63 teams have earned the distinction of being named NAIA Scholar Team -- including a school-record 14 teams during the 2012-13 academic year. During his decade of service as athletic director, Lindsey Wilson has averaged more than 18 NAIA Scholar-Athletes per year and nearly 63 All Academic Mid-South Conference honors, including a school-record 108 during the 2012-13 academic year. The overall grade point average for varsity student-athletes at Lindsey Wilson in 2012-13 was a 3.08.

Pooler's direction has enabled Lindsey Wilson athletics to make significant steps to becoming one of the elite athletic programs in the NAIA. Lindsey Wilson finished a program-best second last season in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA TODAY, which is a season-long competition that awards points based on postseason finish within a sport. The Blue Raiders have finished in the top-10 in the Directors' Cup the past eight out the last 11 seasons.

Pooler also led Lindsey Wilson to a third straight Mid-South Conference President's Cup -- the conference's all-sports trophy. The Cup win is the fourth for Lindsey Wilson since joining the MSC.

In addition to his Mid-South Conference Athletic Director of the Year honors, Pooler has earned NAIA Region XI Athletics Director of the Year in 2004-05 and 2006-07.

Prior to becoming director of athletics, Pooler led the Lindsey Wilson women's soccer program for three seasons. In his three years, Pooler guided the Blue Raiders to a 57-13-2 record, including the program's first appearance in the NAIA Women's Soccer National Semifinals.

Pooler led the Blue Raiders to the program's first two 20-win seasons and a 27-2-2 all-time home record. Pooler was named the Mid‑South Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 and NAIA Region XI and NSCAA NAIA‑South Coach of the Year in 2001.

Before taking over the LWC women's program in 2000, Pooler spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Lindsey Wilson men's soccer team, which won NAIA National Championships in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

A native of Tampa, Florida, Pooler is a 1993 Lindsey Wilson graduate. He was captain of the Blue Raider soccer team in 1992, the same year the Blue Raiders reached the NAIA National Tournament for the first time.

He was a two‑time All‑KIAC midfielder, and ranks 28th on the school's list of career scoring leaders with 54 points in his three seasons.

Pooler and his wife Traci, have three sons, Tanner, Jacob and Lucas.

 

Profile

Birthdate: June 27, 1970

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Family: Wife Traci, Sons Tanner, Jacob and Lucas

 

Education

High School: Leto High 1988

College: Lindsey Wilson College 1993

Western Kentucky University 2002 (MBA)

 

Contact Information

Office: Athletic House

Phone: 270-384-8186

Fax: 270-384-8078

Mail: 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY 42728

E-Mail: poolerw@lindsey.edu