Dan Poole Honored by his Alma Mater for his Service

By Kevin Shannahan

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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.


7 thoughts on “Dan Poole Honored by his Alma Mater for his Service

  1. Well deserved Coach! It was an honor being coached in several sports by one of the greats. Thanks Coach!!!

  2. Well deserved and one of the greatest coaches at Natchitoches Central High School during the 70’s. He was very respected and loved by all who he coached. Great man!

  3. Congratulations on your recognition of being a wonderful teacher, coach, veteran and a great human being! Thank you for all you do and have done for your students, community and our country!
    May God continue to bless you.

  4. Congratulations coach Poole! A much deserved honor for a man who has had an impact, in so many positive ways, on so many men and women who are fortunate enough to have known him as a teacher and coach.

  5. Congratulations coach Poole! A much deserved honor for a man who directly influenced, in so many positive ways, so many young men and women who are fortunate enough to have know him as a teacher and coach!

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