Farewell to Anoka’s athletic director Gwen Poore

Gwen Poore, activities director for Anoka High School, has resigned from her position after four successful years.

Outgoing athletic director Gwen Poore received praise and gratitude for her involvement in Anoka sports and extra curricular club programs. Longtime wrestling coaches Brad Holmbo (right) and Dave Way (center) presented Poore with a certificate of appreciation. Photo by TJ Armstrong
Outgoing athletic director Gwen Poore received praise and gratitude for her involvement in Anoka sports and extra curricular club programs. Longtime wrestling coaches Brad Holmbo (right) and Dave Way (center) presented Poore with a certificate of appreciation. Photo by TJ Armstrong

Poore was mainly in charge of activities on campus. This included her involvement with 29 different sport teams, theatre, music and various clubs. She also evaluated teachers and coordinated school assemblies and pep fests.

After working as the activities director for seven years in Illinois, Poore came to Minnesota after her husband, Pat Poore, joined the University of Minnesota Football Coach Jerry Kill’s coaching staff as a wide receiver coach.

Poore is moving back to Illinois where she will take up a similar activities director position in order to be closer to her husband, who now coaches at Southern Illinois University.

Poore said Anoka programs are unlike anything else because of the “Anoka family” philosophy the staff constantly promotes. The staff at Anoka High School go the extra mile to make their students feel comfortable and at ease.

“Kids really buy into it and believe it is the best school,” Poore said. “Even if we happen to not be the best, the kids give their all into the programs.”

Many alumni and past teachers work alongside the various programs due to the positive “Anoka family” philosophy that runs deep inside their veins.

“Teachers just keep coming back after being involved with the program. It gets in your blood,” said Dave Way, an Anoka alumni and longtime wrestling coach.

Poore was awarded an honorary “A” letter in recognition for her four years of service at Anoka. Wrestling Alumni and co-directors Brad Holmbo and Dave Way presented the award to her.

Working with the students and athletes and seeing them grow has been the most rewarding part of Poore’s job. After all of her hard work with the students and involvement in the community, she has left a lasting mark with the staff at Anoka.

“We would not be where we are without Gwen and all the things she has gotten done around here,” Way said.

Poore remained humble and expressed gratitude toward the staff at Anoka.

“I think we are very blessed. The teachers truly care about the kids and make sure they will be successful,” said Poore. “I attribute any success to the coaches and teachers. I am just the support while the teachers are the ones in the trenches providing opportunities, skill development and giving the tools for the kids to excel.”

Poore’s last day at Anoka High School was Friday, Aug. 4. A new activities director has not yet been named.

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