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  Avila Hires Former K.C. Chief as New Head Football Coach    
  Kansas City, MO    
December 15, 2009

Avila University’s athletic director Anthony Hall announced today the hiring of Kevin Porter as the new head football coach.

“Coach Porter brings the passion, experience and focus on hard work and discipline that we believe will move our program to be competitive year in and year out,” said Hall. “He has played and learned from great coaches like Marty Schottenheimer, Pete Carroll, Bill Cowher, Pat Dye, Tony Dungy and Herm Edwards and will share that expertise with our student-athletes.”

A native of Warner Robins, Ga., Porter attended Auburn University on a full football scholarship, was a starter on defense all four years and was named second team All American. He was drafted in 1988 in the third round of the NFL draft and played for six years with the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets as cornerback and safety. Porter completed his undergraduate degree in business at Avila University in 2009.

Porter has coached different defensive positions and at different levels since the completion of his playing career. He has coached for ten years in the Arena Football League as an assistant and head coach, most recently as the head coach of the Kansas City Brigade. During the past year, he has served as defensive coordinator for MidAmerica Nazarene University, one of Avila’s opponents in the Heart of America Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Porter also brings experience in recruiting, having been responsible for all aspects of the college recruiting programs for two different sports agencies.

Porter looks forward to taking on the challenge of the head coaching duties at his alma mater and working with current and future college level players.

“I expect to build a program that will annually compete for the conference championship and the playoffs, and to do it with student-athletes of character who will compete both on the field and in the classroom,” Porter said.

Avila’s president Ron Slepitza also expressed his great satisfaction in being able to attract one of the university’s alumni to fill this important position.

“Coach Porter, through his own experience as a student at Avila, will be able to articulate and contribute to the distinctive nature and value of the educational experience at Avila for our student-athletes who play football. We look forward to him being part of our team.”

Porter is a resident of Shawnee, Kan. with his wife, Annjela, and two young sons, Jacob and Kellen.



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.