FORT VALLEY, GA (June 7, 2016) – Fort Valley State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Joshua W. Murfree, Jr., has named Kevin Porter as the new head football coach.
A press conference is scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. in FVSU's Health and Physical Education Complex lobby.
Porter has an extensive background in coaching, including 10 seasons as both an assistant and head coach at the professional level. His coaching experience also includes stints at the University of West Georgia as an assistant coach and Point University as head coach and athletic director.
Porter coached the Arena Football League and the associated developmental league called arenafootball2 (af2.) In 2000, Porter was head coach with the Pensacola Barracudas, followed by several seasons as head coach of the Macon Knights. He took his afF2 teams to the playoffs all four seasons and had won the most games in af2 history (45-27) before moving on to serve as defensive coordinator for the AFL's New Orleans VooDoo, and then as head coach of the ALF's Kansas City Brigade.
Prior to his professional career, Porter was a three-year letterman, two-year starter and All-State performer at defensive back for the Warner Robins Demons in Warner Robins, Ga. as well as being a member of the 1981 National Championship team.
As a collegiate player at Auburn University, Porter was a four-year starter, All-American and two-time All-Southeastern Conference performer. Kevin was named defensive MVP of the 1984 Liberty Bowl and was selected to Auburn's Team of the Century. A third-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1988, Porter made the NFL All-Rookie Team at safety. He spent six years in the NFL, ending his career in 1993 with the New York Jets.
Porter has served as an assistant coach and head coach on the collegiate level as well. Porter was defensive coordinator for Mid America Nazarene University, where his unit ranked as one of the best in the Heart of America Conference. Porter was head football coach at both Avila University and Point University, where he spent two seasons launching the football program while also serving as athletic director at the school. Most recently, Porter was the assistant head coach at The University of West Georgia.
Porter is a graduate of Avila University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and holds a master's degree from Concordia University-Irvine in Athletic Administration.
He and his wife, Annjela, have two sons, Jacob and Kellen.