By Kevin Shannahan
NSU alumnus and U. S. Army veteran Dan Poole was honored for his service to our nation at the basketball game Saturday, Feb 16th. NSU President, Dr. Chris Maggio, presented Poole with a “Salute to Service” certificate of thanks from the NSU community. The certificates are part of a program in which the university recognizes veterans who have made a contribution to the university and community.
Dan Poole, a 1948 graduate of Natchitoches High School, earned his bachelor’s degree at the then Northwestern State College of Louisiana in 1952. He then entered the U. S. Army, leaving the service in 1954 to pursue a master’s degree at LSU. While a student at Northwestern, he was a three sport athlete playing football under Coach Turpin, basketball under Coach Prather and track under Coach Ledet.
The Northwestern State University Demons have no more loyal fan than this man who once wore the Demon uniform in three sports. He is a fixture at nearly every NSU home game. Dan Poole has spent a lifetime in service to our state’s youth. He taught in Ouachita and Waterproof before spending over twenty years teaching in the Natchitoches parish school system. As a coach and teacher, he has been a positive influence in the course of innumerable young lives. Dan Poole has selflessly given of himself to his family, community, university and nation and is eminently deserving of this recognition from his beloved alma mater.