Porter replaces Shirley as Tyler Lee’s VB coach

The Tyler Morning Telegraph’s ETfinalscore.com reported that Kristee Porter will be introduced in a 10 am Monday press conference as the new head volleyball coach at Tyler Robert E. Lee High School.

Staff writer Chris Parry reported that Porter, a member of the Tyler ISD Athletic Hall of Fame and a former Navarro College coach, will replace Ronda Shirley as the Lee’s new volleyball coach.

Shirley, an NJCAA Hall of Famer who coached at Hutchinson and Tyler JCs, was hired in December as Navarro’s new volleyball coach.

Porter goes to Lee after two seasons as head coach at Henderson State University in Arkansas.  She led the Reddies to a 13-16 overall record (8-8 in conference) and earned their first-ever appearance in the Great American Conference Tournament and first post-season appearance since advancing to the Gulf South Conference Tournament in 2010.

Parry quoted Tyler ISD Athletic Director Greg Priest:  “She wanted to come back to the Tyler area and just the job itself and the success they (Lee) have had, I think it was enticing to her.”

Porter was a three-sport letterman at UCLA and three-time All-American volleyball player for the Bruins, in addition to two-time NCAA long and triple jump champion in track-and-field.  The 1998 John Tyler graduate is considered one of the most decorated athletes to come out of Tyler ISD.

After coaching here, Porter was an assistant coach at The University of Colorado and was later named Director of Operations for Factory Athletics/Under Armour in Baltimore, Md.