DENVER — Lonnie Porter, who has guided the Regis University men’s basketball team for nearly four decades, will retire after the upcoming season, the school announced Wednesday.
“I’m honored and humbled to have spent over half my life coaching at Regis,” Porter said. “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 has a 533-482 record as he enters his 38th and final season at Regis. He is a five-time conference coach of the year and has the 10th-most wins among active NCAA Division II coaches and the 31st most all time.
“In 1977, Regis gave a young man the opportunity to build a program,” Porter said. The university continues to give me opportunities 38 years later. 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.”
The PBLA, led by Porter and former University of Colorado and Nuggets player Chauncey Billups, is a three-week academic program held each summer at Regis, providing at-risk children ages 8-18 from the Denver area “the skills to become leaders, combat negative peer pressure, graduate from high school and attend college.”
“Coach Porter’s leadership in the Regis community, basketball and the Denver area is a result of his caring approach to mentoring a generation of young athletes,” said Father John Fitzgibbons, president of Regis. “By living the highest ideals of college sports, and through his commitment of giving hope and opportunity for a college education to a new generation of young people, he has blessed us as our head basketball coach.”
Porter played in high school in Waterloo, Iowa, and was a three-time All-American basketball player at Adams State College in Alamosa, where he graduated in 1965.
Porter will be honored by Regis during the Feb. 6 game against Colorado Christian University. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2004.