Pooley played Tier II Junior "A" for the North York Rangers and major junior for the Kingston Canadians. In 1980 he joined the Ohio State University for four years. He was an all-star twice and conference Player of the Year in 1984.
Pooley became an assistant coach at Ohio State in 1988 until he was chosen as an assistant at Lake Superior State University. In 1994 he was named the head coach of the Friars of Providence College, a post that he held until 2005.
After that he was an assistant, then an associate coach at Notre Dame University.