Hall of Fame basketball coach Lonnie Porter to retire at Regis University

2014-08-01T16:19:00Z Hall of Fame basketball coach Lonnie Porter to retire at Regis UniversityRichard Anderson Journal staff Rapid City Journal
August 01, 2014 4:19 pm  • 

A Denver-area, Regis University and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference basketball Hall of Famer will call it quits at the end of the 2014-215 season.

Lonnie Porter recently announced that he will retire at the end of the upcoming season after 38 years at the helm of the men’s basketball program at Regis University.

"I'm honored and humbled to have spent over half my life coaching at Regis," said Porter in a prepared release. "As I look back, I remember most fondly the relationships I've formed with so many quality people. I have been blessed by my time here at Regis and am incredibly proud of what we've accomplished."

Porter’s tenure at Redis is unsurpassed in length by any college men's basketball coach in Colorado history. With a career record of 533-482, the five-time conference coach of the year has also amassed more victories than any other men's hoops coach in state history. His win total ranks 10th among all active NCAA Division II men's coaches and 31st all time.

"In 1977, Regis gave a young man the opportunity to build a program. The university continues to give me opportunities 38 years later," said Porter. "I'm looking forward to using my experiences to continue supporting student access to Regis and students' lifelong success through my expanding role as an ambassador for Regis and with the Porter Billups Leadership Academy. With PBLA I can continue coaching life's lessons and skills to mold and raise young people, giving me the best of both worlds, but without that last second shot and in a much more personal arena."

Porter will stay at Regis as he will focus his efforts on leading the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy (PBLA) full time with Colorado basketball legend Chauncey Billups. The PLBA is a three-week academic program held each summer on Regis' main campus. It provides at-risk youth (ages 8-to-18) from the Denver area the skills to become leaders, combat negative peer pressure, graduate from high school and attend college. Mentors provide students with training in leadership development, teamwork, conflict resolution, communication skills and technology. The academy, which is free to all participants, provides full scholarships to Regis University to those who complete the long-term program. More than 50 academy students have gone on to college.

Porter's achievements have been recognized in many ways, including four separate Hall of Fame inductions: Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (2001), Waterloo (Iowa) East High School Hall of Fame (2003), Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame (2004) and Iowa Basketball Hall of Fame (2013). Also notable was Porter's role as a torch-bearer during the Denver leg of the 2002 Winter Olympics Torch Run.

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