Doug Porter

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Doug Porter
Biographical details
Born(1929-08-15)August 15, 1929
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedJune 5, 2024(2024-06-05) (aged 94)
Grambling, Louisiana, U.S.
Playing career
c. 1950Xavier (LA)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1954Father Bertrand HS (TN) (assistant)
1955–1960Xavier (LA) (backfield)
1961–1965Mississippi Vocational / Valley State
1966–1973Grambling State (assistant)
1979–1985Fort Valley State
1987–1996Fort Valley State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1961–?Mississippi Vocational / Valley State
1981–1997Fort Valley State
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
4 SIAC (1982–1983, 1991–1992)
MEAC Coach of the Year (1974)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2008 (profile)

Douglas T. Porter (August 15, 1929 – June 5, 2024) was an American football coach and college athletics administrator.



A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Porter played high school football at Father Bertrand High School. He played college football as a quarterback at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans for three seasons and later earned a Master of Science degree from Indiana University.

Porter served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1954, reaching the rank of first lieutenant. In 1954, he was an assistant coach at Father Betrand High School, working on the staff of his father, W. P. Porter. He then returned to Xavier as backfield coach and director of intramural sports. In August 1961, Porter was appointed as athletic director and head football coach at Mississippi Vocation College—now known as Mississippi Valley State University—in Itta Bena, Mississippi.[1]

He served as the head coach at Mississippi Valley State University (1961–1965), Howard University (1974–1978), and Fort Valley State University (1979–1985, 1987–1996), compiling a career college football record of 155–110–5. He was also an assistant coach at Grambling State University under Eddie Robinson between his stints at Mississippi Valley State and Howard. Porter was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Porter died in Grambling, Louisiana, on June 5, 2024, at the age of 94. His funeral was at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church.[2]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NCAA#
Mississippi Vocational Delta Devils (South Central Athletic Conference) (1961)
1961 Mississippi Vocational 2–4
Mississippi Vocational / Valley State Delta Devils (NCAA College Division independent) (1962–1965)
1962 Mississippi Vocational 2–5
1963 Mississippi Vocational 6–3
1964 Mississippi Valley State 5–4
1965 Mississippi Valley State 6–3
Mississippi Vocational / Valley State: 21–19
Howard Bison (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1974–1978)
1974 Howard 8–2–1 4–1–1 T–2nd L Orange Blossom Classic
1975 Howard 8–3 4–2 3rd
1976 Howard 5–5–1 3–2–1 T–3rd
1977 Howard 5–5 2–4 5th
1978 Howard 4–6 2–4 T–5th
Howard: 30–21–2 15–13–2
Fort Valley State Wildcats (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1979–1985)
1979 Fort Valley State 4–4–1 2–2–1
1980 Fort Valley State 6–4–1 4–0–1
1981 Fort Valley State 9–2 4–1
1982 Fort Valley State 10–2 6–0 1st L NCAA Division II First Round 7
1983 Fort Valley State 8–1 5–0 1st 9
1984 Fort Valley State 8–3 5–2
1985 Fort Valley State 8–1[n 1] 4–0[n 1] [n 1]
Fort Valley State Wildcats (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1987–1996)
1987 Fort Valley State 4–6 3–4
1988 Fort Valley State 3–7 2–5
1989 Fort Valley State 6–4 5–1 2nd
1990 Fort Valley State 4–7 2–6 7th
1991 Fort Valley State 7–3 5–2 T–1st
1992 Fort Valley State 7–4 6–1 1st 10
1993 Fort Valley State 6–4–1 5–1–1 2nd
1994 Fort Valley State 5–5 5–3 T–3rd
1995 Fort Valley State 3–8 3–5 7th
1996 Fort Valley State 6–5 3–3 T–2nd
Fort Valley State: 104–70–3 69–37–3
Total: 155–110–5


  1. ^ a b c Porter coached the first nine games of the season before suffering a heart attack. Gerald T. Walker replaced Porter as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Fort Valley State finished the year with an overall record of 9–3, sharing the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and losing in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.


  1. ^ "Porter, McAfee New Grid, Cage Mentors To Direct MVC Squads". Jackson Advocate. Jackson, Mississippi. August 5, 1961. p. 7. Retrieved December 10, 2022 – via Open access icon.
  2. ^ "Doug Porter, former HBCU coach who was the oldest living College Football Hall of Famer, dies at 94". AP News. June 7, 2024.