Highly Successful Coaches Join Rebel Program
Brian Porter is in his first season as a member of Connie Price-Smith's first Ole Miss staff and serves as an assistant coach for pole vault, javelin and men's multi-events.
Porter comes to Oxford after three seasons in the same position under Price-Smith at Southern Illinois University. He led an all-out assault on the SIU record book in the pole vault during his three seasons, turning SIU from an average school in the event into one of the Missouri Valley Conference's premier vaulting institutions.
In his three seasons in Carbondale, Porter guided his athletes to three MVC titles, two SIU records, six All-MVC vaulters, four regional qualifiers and one national qualifier. His female vaulters produced six of the top seven clearances on both the indoor and outdoor lists in 2015 alone, and he coached two men to achieve 17 feet outdoors, as well.
The 2015 season was, without a doubt, the best for the pole vault cumulatively on a conference and national stage in SIU history. Porter's vaulters scored 77 combined points in 2015 - 40 at the outdoor meet and 37 at the indoor meet. Much of that had to do with the arrival of Illinois high school all-time record holder Lindsey Murray, who won the indoor MVC title and annihilated both the SIU indoor (4.30m/14-1.25) and outdoor (4.22m/13-10) records along the way. Sophomore walk-on Nathan Schuck also turned some heads after winning the outdoor title in an upset after clearing 5.19m/17-0.25. Jonathan Walsh also earned All-MVC by clearing the same height. Porter's male vaulters went 1-3-4-8 outdoors, helping seal the first Saluki men's outdoor title since 1992 with their performances.
The story of the year, though, was the high-flying antics of the freshman Murray. She earned a trip to the indoor national meet, where she was the top freshman in the competition, finishing ninth for second team All-America distinction. She was runner-up at the MVC outdoor meet with her school-record height of 4.22m/13-10.
In his first two seasons at SIU, Porter set the stage for later success by guiding Ryan Sidwell to an MVC indoor title in 2013 and freshman Katie Trupp to a runner-up outdoor finish in 2014. Several others also posted personal-best clearances under Porter's tutelage.
Porter came to SIU from Texas Tech, where he enjoyed a successful career as both a student-athlete and assistant coach.
A 2010 graduate of Texas Tech in exercise sports science, Porter was a seven-time All-Big 12 honoree and a four-time national qualifier in the pole vault from 2007-10.
As an assistant coach over the next two seasons, Porter assisted in the development of six national qualifiers (including two in the triple and high jumps); a three-time Big 12 runner-up; a school record holder in the women's pole vault, who cleared an Olympic A standard of 4.50m/14-9; the 2011 men's Big 12 champion in the pole vault; and the 2011 Big 12 Outstanding Freshman of the Year, who attained a personal best of 5.41m/17-9.
Porter studied under the legendary Rock Light while at Texas Tech in all aspects of the jumps and combine events.
A graduate of Maypearl High School in Maypearl, Texas, Porter participated in football, basketball and track and field during his prep days. He was a two-time pole vault 2AA state champion and helped Maypearl to district team titles by also running legs of the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.
Porter was born July 13, 1987 to Joe and Renea Porter in Dallas, Texas. He is married to Cara Porter.
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