Honoring One Of Their Own

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 25, 2008

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — On Saturday, former Fort Valley State University head football coach and director of athletics Douglas “Doug” Porter was honored at an appreciation breakfast in the C.W. Pettigrew Building.

Porter, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this year, was awarded later that afternoon at halftime of the Fort Valley State-Miles College football game.

During Porter’s tenure as head coach (1979-85, 1987-96) the Wildcats amassed a record of 112-66-3, won six SIAC football titles and earned two trips to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Porter was also named as the SIAC Coach of the Year seven times and led Fort Valley to its highest ranking ever (No. 2 overall in Division II football) during the 1985 season.

In addition to his coaching duties, Porter also served as FVSU’s director of athletics for 16 years, acted as chairman of the Division II Football Committee and was president of the National Athletic Steering Committee.

“Doug” also coached several former Wildcats who went on to have successful careers in professional football; among them were Greg Lloyd, Darryl Holmes, Eddie Anderson, Jimmie Reed and Tyrone Poole.