NATCHITOCHES – Dan Poole of Natchitoches, who served as an Army engineer during the 1950s in the Army of Occupation in Southern Germany, was recognized during Northwestern State University’s basketball game Feb. 16. NSU’s Department of Military Sciences strives to recognize those who served in the armed services during home athletic events.
Prior to his enlistment, Poole graduated from Northwestern State College with a Bachelor of Science in health & physical education and a minor in mathematics. While at NSC, he played four years of football under Coach Harry “Rags” Turpin and three years of basketball under Coach H. Lee Prather. He also ran hurdles, high jumped and was a member of the mile relay for the track team.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Poole returned home and worked for the Natchitoches Parish School Board until retirement. He then taught at St. Mary’s High School, Jasper (Texas) High School, Lakeview High School in Campti and as an adjunct for NSU’s Department of Mathematics.
Poole has been a long-time supporter of Demon athletics and kept the official clock for NSU Basketball from 1965–1990. He also worked many NSU track meets at Clerk of Course and has been a Demon season ticket holder since before any records were kept.
In 2017, the Poole family, who have deep ties to NSU, created the Dan and Nelwyn Poole Scholarship for a student-athlete.