Monday, March 28, 2016

ECCC’s Porter named MACJC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year

East Central Community College head women's basketball coach Crandal Porter, in his fourth season with the Lady Warriors, was named the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Women's Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 season.

Porter's Lady Warriors completed the season with both the MACJC South Division title and MACJC State Championship, finishing 24-3 overall and 15-1 in the conference.

Porter helped lead his Lady Warriors to a 19-game winning streak.

His overall record at East Central is now 60-38.

Porter previously served as girls' and boys' head basketball coach at Newton High School from 2001-2012. He led the girls' squad to state Class 2A state titles in 2005 and 2010. His Tiger squad captured the state Class 2A championship in 2008.

He began his successful career at his alma mater Louisville High School, where he served as boys' head basketball coach in 2000-01.

Porter compiled an overall 494-216 high school coaching record, which also included seven division championships, three South State titles and eight tournament appearances.

Other honors he has received during his coaching career include The Meridian Star's Boys Coach of the Year in 2000, MAC Class 2A Girls' Coach of the Year in 2005, Mississippi All-Star Girls' Coach in 2005, Mississippi All-Star Boys' Coach in 2009 and MAC Girls' Coach of the Year in 2010. He was also selected Newton's Citizen of the Year in 2005.

Porter received a Bachelor of Science degree in health, physical education, recreation, and dance from Mississippi Valley State University in 1998 and earned a Master of Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University in 2010.