Special Teams Coaching Staff


Jared Petrino
Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Ends

Jared Petrino enters his first season at SIU and serves as the team's special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach. He is the brother of Saluki defensive coordinator Jason Petrino.

Prior to Southern, Petrino spent three seasons at Rocky Mountain College (2016-18) where he served as defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and a defensive line coach. Under the direction of his brother and head coach, Jason, he helped lead the program to a conference championship and playoff berth in 2018. RMC was No. 1 in the league in Scoring Defense and Total Defense in 2018. In 2017, they led the nation in PATs, were fourth in Kickoff Return Yards and 11th in Field Goal Percentage nationally.

From 2013-15, Petrino coached at Black Hills State University, a NCAA Division II program located in Spearfish, S.D., where he coordinated special teams, mentored the defensive linemen and served as the defensive backs coach for two years (2013, 2014). His 2014 special teams unit finished the season ranked 12th in the nation with three blocked punts. The Yellow Jackets ranked third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with an average of nearly 16 yards returned per interception.

In 2013, the Yellow Jackets defensive backs snagged 16 interceptions, which ranked the squad third in the RMAC. On special teams, the Yellow Jackets led the league by connecting on 92 percent of their field goal attempts.

Prior to BHSU, Petrino spent the 2012 season at Sheridan High School (Sheridan, Wyo.) and was a defensive graduate assistant and video coordinator at the University of Wyoming (2010-11).

Petrino played linebacker for Carroll College and was a member of Carroll’s back-to-back NAIA National Championship teams in 2002 and 2003. He graduated with a degree in business administration and health and physical education, with a concentration in sports management from Carroll in 2004. Petrino and his wife, Alex, have two sons, Drew and Tyler.


Pat Poore
Tight Ends / Fullbacks / Special Teams

With a proven record as one of the top position coaches in the nation, Pat Poore returned to Carbondale in 2017 for his second stint as an assistant coach for the Salukis. He coaches SIU’s, tight ends, fullbacks and special teams.

Poore served on Jerry Kill’s staffs at SIU, Northern Illinois and Minnesota from 2001-2015. He coached at Minnesota from 2011-16, coaching wide receivers (2011-13) and running backs (2014-16). Poore was named the Big Ten Special Teams Coach of the Year after the 2016 season.

Under Poore’s leadership, David Cobb broke Minnesota’s season rushing record and was a fifth-round NFL Draft pick.

From 2001-07, Poore coached quarterbacks at SIU, helping turn the program from a one-win season in 2001 to a championship team that made five-straight FCS Playoff appearances from 2003-07. He mentored two of the best quarterbacks in school history. Joel Sambursky was the 2004 MVFC Player of the Year, and Nick Hill led the program to the FCS Playoffs semifinals in 2007. 

Prior to SIU, Poore was an assistant coach at Central Oklahoma (1999-2000), Tarleton State (1997-99) and Panhandle State (1995-96). Poore also served as head coach at Iowa Wesleyan in 1994 and 1995. He was an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan from 1992-94. Poore’s coaching career has also included stops at Colorado School of Mines (1990-91) and the University of Chicago (1991-92).

Poore began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Fort Hays (Kan.) State in 1985. In 1987, he took a full-time position with Fort Hays State, while also coaching the Tigers’ baseball team. In 1988, he gave up the baseball duties and was promoted to offensive coordinator, a role he served in until 1989. Poore is a graduate of Stockton (Kan.) High School

Poore and his wife Gwen have two grown children, Trevor and Taylor.