Selma native Porter, Jr. to coach Samson

Published 10:53 pm Monday, September 24, 2012

Bill Porter, Jr. has returned to Alabama after being named head basketball coach at Samson High School in Samson, Ala., located 25 miles Southwest of Enterprise. He spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at Poplarville High School in Mississippi.

Prior to Mississippi, Porter was the head coach at Dothan High School, leading the Tigers to a 21-9 record in 2009-10 and the 6A Area 5 Championship.

He spent two seasons as the head coach at Headland High School and led the them to a 23-11 record, a Wiregrass Athletic Conference Championship, and the Area Championship in 2007-08. At the conclusion of the season he was named the Wiregrass Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

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Before coaching in the Wiregrass, he was the head coach at Dallas County High School from 2002-2005, leading the Hornets to the Area Championship in 2004. Porter was also an assistant at Selma High from 1999-2002.

From 1997-99 he was the head coach at Wilcox Academy in Camden, leading the Wildcats to the Final Four in 1999 as well as the regular season region championship and the region tournament championship. At the conclusion of the 1997-98 season he was named The Selma Times-Journal Coach of the Year.

Porter grew up in Selma and played high school basketball at Selma High School and later played at Berry College in Rome, Ga.