Jill Poe returned to the East Carolina women's basketball program in July of 2012 after having served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maine during the 2011-12 season. She owns 20 years of experience at the Division I level as an assistant and head coach, with an emphasis on developing post players. She made two trips to the NCAA tournament as a head coach and has been part of the WNIT two times as an assistant.
In two seasons at ECU, Poe helped guide the Pirates to a pair of consecutive 20-plus win seasons for the first time since 1986 and helped propel East Carolina to its first-ever back-to-back postseason appearances. With Poe on the bench, the Pirates set the longest home winning streak in program history as they won an impressive 26 straight contests with three All-Conference selections in Celeste Stewart (2013), Jada Payne (2014) and Abria Trice (2014). In addition to the Pirates' success on the court, they also earned the Conference USA Academic Award for the highest team grade point average in back-to-back years.
Poe is responsible for the scouting of all opponents, post player development, scheduling, and day-to-day operations of the East Carolina women's basketball program. In two decades of coaching, Poe has coached at least one all-conference post player at every institution in which she has worked. Additionally, she has coached seven players who have gone on to play professionally in Korie Hlede and Candace Futrell of the WBNA as well as Shiri Sharon, Selma Delibasic, Beth Swink, Martha White, and Samantha Baronowski who have played in the European League. During her first year with the Pirates, Poe was a key component in helping East Carolina to its first trip to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) since 2010 after ECU finished the year with a 22-10 overall record. The Pirates, picked to finish finished 11th, finished Conference USA action with an 11-5 mark en route to earning a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, their highest-ever seeding. ECU went on to garner a First Team All-Conference selection in Celeste Stewart and an All-Defensive selection in Britny Edwards, while Kristine Mial was named C-USA Sixth Player of the Year.
As the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maine, Poe was instrumental in bringing in the 36th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Blue Star Basketball. Her recruiting class was also tops in the America East Conference. The nine-member haul was also rated 57th overall by the Collegiate Girl's Basketball Report. On the court, the Black Bears advanced to the conference tournament and captured the program's first postseason win since 2006 as Poe mentored two all-conference players and an all-rookie selection. Prior to her success at Maine, Poe served as director of video services and scouting for East Carolina during the 2010-11 campaign. In that role, Poe was responsible for the film breakdown for all opponents, produced scouting reports for coaches and players and assisted the staff with day-to-day operations.
Poe expanded on her talents as an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington from 2007-2010. While with the Seahawks, she coached Brittany Blackwell to CAA Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-CAA honors and helped UNCW double its win total in her first season with the squad.
From 2003-2007, Poe served as head women's basketball coach at Saint Francis (Pa.) University, where she guided the Red Flash to a pair of Northeast Conference regular-season and tournament titles while advancing to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions. While at Saint Francis (Pa.), Poe was instrumental in the development of NEC Player of the Year, Beth Swink, as well as a pair of NEC Tournament Most Valuable Players. Swink became the school's first ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American in 2005. Poe also coached four all-conference players as well as a pair of NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipients.
While at the helm of Saint Francis (Pa.), Poe's squad went undefeated in conference action for the first time in women's basketball school history and became just the second program to reach that feat in the Northeast Conference annals. Additionally, Poe is ranked 10th all-time in NEC coaches winning percentage in conference play and the Saint Francis (Pa.) women's basketball team was named the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team in 2003.
Prior to taking the reins at Saints Francis (Pa.), Poe spent seven seasons as an assistant coach to Dan Durkin at Duquesne, guiding the Dukes to four winning seasons. While at Duquesne, four of Poe's student-athletes earned eight Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors while five garnered Academic All-Conference accolades. As an assistant coach, Poe assisted with player development and helped the Dukes earn WBCA Academic Top 25 Team accolades for four consecutive years (1997-2000).
Poe got her start in the coaching ranks as a student assistant to Kittie Blakemore and Bill Fiske as an undergraduate student at West Virginia University. She also worked in the communications and journalism fields. After graduation, she was a middle and high school educator and coach in Northern Virginia for eight years.
Having earned a B.S. in Physical Education from West Virginia University in 1989, Poe has devoted an abundance of time in a variety of clinics throughout her years of coaching including participating in YES (Youth Education through Sports) events and Coaches vs. Cancer clinics.
Poe has served as a voter for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and USA Today top 25 polls from 2005-07 and is a member of the WBCA.