Coach Porter’s impact on and off the court

Julie Filby

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.

COMING UP: Late St. Joseph deacon ‘reached out into the peripheries’ during ministry

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Deacon Maclovio (Max) Sanchez, 87, passed away peacefully in Olathe, Kansas on April 30. Deacon Sanchez was assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish in Denver throughout his diaconal ministry.

Maclovio Sanchez was born on May 21, 1931 in San Luis, Colorado, to Estevan and Emily Sanchez. He was baptized at Most Precious Blood Parish in San Luis, Colorado, on June 2, 1931 and grew up in Walsenberg, Colorado.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Wasenberg.

On April 24, 1954, he married Mary Frances Marquez at Holy Rosary Parish in Denver.  Over the 65 years of their marriage, the couple was blessed with three children: Martin, Debra and Joshua. They also had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In Denver, Max worked for Midwest Liquor Company, delivering products to the area stores. But his love was directed towards the poor communities in the metro area.  Max was vice chairman of the Coalition for the Westside Betterment and President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank. He and his wife were also very involved in the parish at St. Joseph’s.

On March 22, 1975, Maclovio was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop James Casey. This was only the second class of men ordained in the archdiocese at the time. He was immediately assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish where he also conducted numerous Spanish Missions and served at the Westside Action Center. Retiring from ministry in 1993, he continued to serve at St. Joseph’s Parish as long as his health would allow.

“Deacon Max reached out into the peripheries and brought the lost back into the Church,” said Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel. “We have been blessed to have such a dedicated Cleric and Servant of the Church in Denver.”