Jill Poe was named an assistant coach for the East Carolina women's basketball program in July of 2012.
Poe owns 18 years of coaching experience at the Division I level, with an emphasis on developing post players, and arrives in Greenville after spending last season as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maine. She was instrumental in bringing in the 36th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Blue Star Basketball, and tops in the America East. The nine-member haul was also rated 57th overall by the Collegiate Girl's Basketball Report. The Black Bears advanced to the conference tournament and captured a win for the first time since 2006 as Poe mentored two all-conference players and an all-rookie selection.
From 2003-2007, Poe served as head women's basketball coach at St. Francis University, where she guided the Red Flash to a pair of Northeast Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions. While at St. Francis, 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 a pair of NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipients.
Poe was an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington from 2007-2010. While with the Seahawks, Poe coached Brittany Blackwell to CAA Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-CAA honors. Following her time in Wilmington, she served as Director of Video Services and Scouting for East Carolina during the 2010-11 campaign. Poe was responsible for the film breakdown for all opponents and produced scouting reports for coaches and players.
"Jill is a most welcome addition to the staff," Macy said. "Her coaching experience and background in the women's game is extensive. She has led teams to the NCAA Tournament and to conference championships and that pedigree will help lift our program to new heights."
Prior to taking over the Red Flash program, Poe spent seven seasons as an assistant coach to Dan Durkin at Duquesne, guiding the Dukes to four winning seasons. During her time as an assistant, four student-athletes earned eight Atlantic 10 all-conference honors while five garnered academic all-conference accolades.
Poe got her start in the coaching ranks as a student assistant to Kittie Blakemore as an undergraduate student at West Virginia University. She worked in the communications and journalism fields, covering scholastic basketball for the Dominion Post, a daily newspaper in Morgantown. 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 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 served as a voter for the WBCA and USA Today top 25 polls from 2005-07 and is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
"It is an honor to rejoin Coach Heather Macy's staff at East Carolina," Poe said. "She is such a dynamic coach and person whose energy and dedication to success is indisputable. I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to Pirate Nation and work with her and this staff to continue to move forward. From the support of the administration to the hard work of the returning players, it is a testimony to the exciting things happening in this program and in the athletic department."