The Lakeland Community College family mourns the recent passing of David W. Poorman, Lakeland's first Director of Athletics and Intramurals. Poorman served in that position from when the college opened in 1968 until 1987. He also served as the advisor to Lakeland's Student Government Association from 1968-1986. Poorman was the NJCAA Region XII Wrestling Chairperson from 1974-1978 and assisted former Laker coach Will Schuster as basketball coach from 1982-1986. While at Lakeland, he garnered three Distinguished Service Awards.
Poorman led the development of the Lakeland Lakers athletics program when the college was in Painesville, holding practices at local YMCAs, before moving to Kirtland and it's new playing facilities. Poorman was athletics director during Lakeland's only two National Championships – both in the sport of wrestling. He led the way for numerous student athletes to achieve academic and athletic awards within the state, region, and nationally. After retirement, Poorman continued to be a friend to the college and played an important role in helping Lakeland create the Laker's Athletic Hall of Fame. Poorman was inducted into its inaugural class in 2010.
Poorman will be remembered as a leader, mentor, caring person, family man, friend, and he will always be a Laker.