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Coach Porter’s impact on and off the court

Regis University coach Lonnie Porter, the winningest coach in Colorado men’s college basketball history, will retire at the end of the 2014-15 season.

With 538 career victories at the university over his 38-year tenure, the five-time conference coach of the year is ranked 10th among all active NCAA Division II men’s coaches and 31st all time.

Team members, students, fans and friends, including former NBA star Chauncey Billups and Denver mayor Michael Hancock, gathered to honor Porter Feb. 6 during a ceremony prior to the game against Colorado Christian University.

(Photos courtesy of Regis University)

In addition to his success on the court, Porter has also had a significant impact off the court serving students through the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy that he founded in 1996, and Billups joined in 2006. Through the academy, they have  helped students from some of Denver’s most at-risk communities prepare for college through intense summer academic programs and year-round support. Porter, 71, says he plans to continue his work with the foundation after retirement from Regis. For more information, visit www.porter-billups.org.

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