Retired Lock Haven University Sports Studies Professor Carl Poff has been named Executive Director of the Lock Haven University Foundation. The LHUF is the Lock Haven University affiliate charged with developing and maintaining strong relationships with LHU alumni and providing revenue through fundraising activities.
“It’s all about relationships. A successful fundraising and alumni operation begins and ends with strong and strategic relationships; and Carl Poff’s strength is building relationships,” says Dr. Michael Fiorentino, Jr., Lock Haven University President.
Carl Poff has been part of the Lock Haven University family for more than a decade. He began his tenure at LHU in 1990 as the head coach of the LHU wrestling team. In that role, Lock Haven University became a powerhouse program and Carl became the winningest wrestling coach in school history. Poff’s LHU winning percentage topped .726. His 2000-01 team went 21-2 and his 1996-97 team finished fifth at the NCAA Division I Championship – the highest finish in school history – behind five individual All-American performances. Poff’s teams won four PSAC titles and the school’s only EWL championship in 1997. His coaching yielded 80 National Qualifiers, 14 All-Americans, two Individual National Champions, 20 Eastern Wrestling League Champions, and 30 PSAC Champions.
“I am both humbled and excited about accepting this opportunity. As the Executive Director of the Lock Haven University Foundation, I plan to build a strong team, mobilize and energize our alumni, and raise valuable funds for the students of Lock Haven University. Our number one priority is to support the efforts of LHU and its students,” says Poff.
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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