|Title:||Assistant Softball Coach|
|Year:||Second Year at E&H|
|Alma Mater:||UVa-Wise alumna|
Nichole Poore is entering her second year as assistant coach for the Emory & Henry Softball Team. Poore serves as the team’s primary pitching coach. Poore’s experience, knowledge of softball, and pitching expertise adds great depth to the Emory & Henry coaching staff.
In Poore’s first season as pitching coach, the team won 25 games, finished as regular season ODAC runner-up, and earned a berth into the 2019 NCAA National Championship Demorest Regional. Poore saw her pitchers rank fourth in ODAC earned run average (2.97) and second in strikeouts (297).
Poore brings over fourteen years of coaching experience to the Wasps’ staff. In 2006, Poore served as a fifth-year student assistant at her alma mater, UVa-Wise. For the past 13 years, Poore has been the top assistant and pitching coach at Northwood High School in Saltville, Virginia. Along with coaching softball, Poore has been the head volleyball coach for seven years and the assistant basketball coach for four years at NHS.
Poore was a four-year letterwinner at UVa-Wise. As a pitcher and all-conference designated player, Poore helped the team win three NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference championships in her four years. In Poore’s senior campaign, the team won the AAC Title, the NAIA Region XII championship, and went on to compete in the NAIA World Series for the first time in program history.
Poore is one of the most decorated high school pitchers to ever come out of Southwest Virginia. A standout at Patrick Henry High School, Poore won four straight Hogoheegee district tournament titles, three straight district titles, two Region C Championships, and was VHSL State Runner-up in 2001. After earning all-district as a freshman, Poore earned District and Region player of year, All-SWVA, and All-State in her sophomore season.
Poore’s junior season at PHHS could be featured as a Hollywood comeback story. After shattering her left femur and injuring her left elbow in a January 2000 car accident, Poore didn’t return to the circle at full strength that spring until the last few games of the regular season. Poore put up a 0.00 ERA in 50 innings of work upon her return. A one-hit shutout against Holston in the championship game of the Hogoheegee District tournament was impressive, as were outings in which she held Glenvar, Castlewood and Coeburn in check. Patrick Henry finished as state runner-up, dropping a 3-0 decision to Manassas Park in the state title game in which Poore pitched a five-hitter and did not allow an earned run.
Poore’s senior campaign featured more awards as she was District, Region, and SWVA player of the year as well VHSL state pitcher of the year. Poore was named Smyth County News & Messenger player of the year three times. She graduated high school with a miniscule 0.32 ERA over four seasons.
Poore currently teaches Algebra I at Northwood High School and resides in her native Meadowview, Virginia.