Trailblazer. Man of faith. Competitive. A winner.
As the Regis University Mean’s Head Basketball Coach, the winningest collegiate basketball coach in Colorado, and the founder of the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy (PBLA), Lonnie Porter epitomizes all of these positive traits and more. His commitment to ensure his players earn a college degree and his community service endeavors to make a positive difference is legendary.
The Iowa native earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1965 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1966 from Adams State College (ASC). As one of the top basketball players in ASC history, Porter earned NAIA First Team All-district VII honor for four years and became the second athlete in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) history to earn First Team All-Conference honor in four years.
Widely recognized in the Denver area for leadership in community service, Porter had a vision of creating an organization to further serve the youth of the community beyond the school year. In 1996, he established the PBLA, an organization dedicated to the support and service of young men and women in the Denver area who have leadership potential. The PBLA program gives at-risk Denver area youth the skills to combat negative peer pressure, stay in school, and graduate from high school and college. There are no costs to the students and their families for this program. Youth who continue to meet the PBLA criteria and are accepted for admission to Regis University are eligible for a Porter-Billups scholarship.
His community service commitment also includes devoting one day per week during the school year to tutor inner-city Denver school children. As the Regis University Ambassador of the College, Porter also serves as the community service coordinator of the Regis University Athletic Department, organizing and over-seeing service projects for the 10 varsity athletic programs, and gives motivational speeches at area schools, businesses and charitable organizations.