Central State hires former NFL player as head football coach

“It is an honor to be selected to lead the football program at Central State University. CSU has a tremendous history and tradition. With the opportunity to work alongside the dynamic and innovative leadership of President Jack Thomas and director of athletics Tara A. Owens, I believe we can make CSU a permanent contender for the championship,” Porter said in a statement. “As the University continues to experience a period of growth and success without precedent, we will build a football program that represents Central State University with pride and integrity. I look forward to leading our student-athletes as we enter a new era of Marauder football.

At FVSU, Porter led the Wildcats to the 2016 SIAC Championship and returned to the title game in 2017. Porter’s four-year tenure at FVSU is considered one of the most successful eras in FVSU history. Wildcat football. During his coaching career at FVSU, Porter won SIAC Coach of the Year honors once and developed 19 All-SIAC student-athletes.

Porter began his coaching career in the Arena Football League in 2000. He was head coach of the Pensacola Barracudas in 2000, the Macon Knights from 2001 to 2003, and the Kansas City Brigade from 2006 to 2008.

In 2009, Porter served as defensive coordinator at Mid America Nazarene University, where his unit ranked among the best in the Heart of America conference. In 2010, Porter took over as head football coach and sports director at the University of Avila. The following season, he held the same roles at Point University. Prior to his assignment to FVSU, Porter was an assistant head coach and secondary coach at West Georgia University.

Porter played collegiately at Auburn University. During his time as Tiger, Porter was a four-year starter. He earned All-American honors and was twice selected to the All-Southeastern Conference team. In 1984, Porter was named Liberty Bowl Defensive MVP and earned a spot on Auburn’s Team of the Century.

A third-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1988 NFL Draft, Porter made an immediate impact in his first season, appearing in 15 games and making seven starts. At the end of the season, Porter was selected to the NFL All-Rookie Team as a safety. He spent six years in the NFL, ending his career with the New York Jets.

Porter and his wife, Annjela, have two sons, Jacob and Kellen.

Central State University will hold an on-campus press conference in January to publicly introduce Porter.

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