Willis Pooler is in his fifth year as Lindsey Wilson College's
director of athletics.
Under Pooler's direction, Lindsey Wilson athletics has become
one of the top NAIA programs in the nation. The athletic department
has advanced in personnel, academics, fund-raising and sheer
numbers under Pooler's tenure.
Since 2002, the number of student-athletes has increased 18.5
percent, including the initiation of the women's basketball junior
varsity program. Lindsey Wilson has set records with the annual
Athletic Auction in each of the four years under Pooler.
Pooler helped secure a $5000 gift from Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield to help sponsor the Lindsey Wilson College Athletic
Hall of Fame banquet.
The athletic department partnered with the Adair County Little
League to build an indoor practice facility for baseball and
softball. The initiation the Student-Athlete Academic Program,
which requires supervised study for student-athletes with a grade
point average below 2.25, in 2002, helped the varsity programs to
record a 3.11 overall GPA during the 2006-07 academic year.
Pooler's direction has enable Lindsey Wilson athletics to make
significant steps to becoming one of the elite athletic programs in
the NAIA. Lindsey Wilson finished sixth 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 three seasons.
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
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
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 still
ranks 16th 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
Birthdate: June 27, 1970
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Family: Wife Traci, Sons Tanner, Jacob and Lucas
High School: Leto High 1988
College: Lindsey Wilson College 1993
Western Kentucky University 2002 (MBA)