Billy Porter is in his sixth season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Southwestern University, serving since Sept. 20, 2013.
In the 2017-2018 season, Porter led the Pirate’s tennis to reach new team records for both men and women, with the women reaching their highest ranking in program history (#23 nationally) and the men defeating Trinity University for the first time 5-4 (on April 14, 2018). The men also played in their fourth consecutive SCAC Finals and the women in their third.
Notable players, Niko Snovely and Grant Gideon became the first players in the program to be NCAA Qualifiers for Doubles in 2016-17, and Alexis Dimanche went on to win his first-round match and earn All-American status in 2017-2018 for Singles.
Current athlete Mary Cardone is the first women’s tennis player in the program to be an NCAA Qualifier for Singles and repeated as a qualifying contender for the 2017-2018 season. Cardone was also crowned as the Singles Champion in the prestigious sectional tournament The Ojai while teaming with Anna Schneemann to take the Doubles title at The Ojai. Another notable is Kate Daugherty who became the program’s first ever All- American, winning the ITA Regional in Singles before teaming with Esther Bowers to capture the Doubles Championship, both earning All-American status.
In Porter’s career coaching at Southwestern, he has coached 22 All-SCAC selections, five NCAA Qualifiers, four All-Americans, three Champions at The Ojai and two SCAC Player of the Year winners. His teams have also consistently earned ITA All-Academic awards outside of their athletic accomplishments. Porter has won Regional Coach of the Year (West) in 2017 and 2018 while being named SCAC Coach of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Currently, he represents the ITA West Region (Women) on the Division III Operating Committee and ITA West Ranking Committee (Women) having served on the ITA West Ranking Committee (Men) from 2015-2017.
Before Southwestern, Porter spent three years at the University of Dubuque as the head coach of the men’s team including two years spent with the women’s team in complete rebuilds. At Dubuque, he posted a .625 winning percentage, which is still the highest percentage in the university teams’ history, and crowned six individual conference champions. His men’s team won the most conference matches in a single season and qualified for the conference tournament, a feat that had not been accomplished in the 25 years prior to Porter’s arrival.
The women’s team was resurrected by Porter, as he compiled more wins in two seasons than the previous eight years combined. In 2008, he left the University of Dubuque for Chicago, Illinois and headed to the corporate world working at NCSA (Next College Student-Athlete) as the Vice President of Sales before coming to Southwestern.
Porter received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Dubuque in 2005 and later went back to Dubuque to completed his Master’s in Arts and Communications. As an undergraduate at Dubuque, Porter was named team captain and played #1 Doubles and #2 Singles.
Porter and his wife Molly have one son, Paxton, and live in Austin, TX.
THE PORTER FILE
Hometown: Miami, Florida
High School: Wuerzburg American High School (Germany)
Alma Mater: University of Dubuque '05, '08
Bachelor's Degree: Bachelors of Arts - Communications
Master's Degree: Masters of Arts and Communications
2013-present: Southwestern University Head Coach
2005-08: University of Dubuque Head Coach
|Year||School||Men's Record (Conf.)||Women's Record (Conf.)|
|2005-06||Dubuque||8-8 (4-5 IIAC)||–––|
|2006-07||Dubuque||12-9 (4-4 IIAC)||4-7 (2-8 IIAC)|
|2007-08||Dubuque||15-4 (4-1 IIAC)||2-8 (0-6 IIAC)|
|2013-14||Southwestern||8-8 (SCAC)||9-6 (SCAC)|
|2014-15||Southwestern||17-3 (SCAC)||12-7 (SCAC)|
|2015-16||Southwestern||19-7 (SCAC)||21-5 (SCAC)|
|2016-17||Southwestern||18-7 (SCAC)||20-3 (SCAC)|
|2017-18||Southwestern||13-8 (SCAC)||13-6 (SCAC)|
|Totals||110-54 (.670)||81-42 (.659)|