Larry Porter named assistant coach at Auburn
Source: Auburn Athletics
Larry Porter, a 21-year coaching veteran and two-time national recruiter of the year, has been named tight ends/H-backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Saturday. Porter spent the previous three years at North Carolina.
“I want to thank Coach Malzahn for giving me and my family the opportunity to be a part of the Auburn family,” Porter said. “He has assembled a great staff and has all of the pieces to pursue a championship. Auburn has a great football tradition and I can’t wait to get started. War Eagle!”
Porter, whose coaching stops also included time at Texas, Arizona State, Memphis, LSU and Oklahoma State, helped LSU to a national championship during the 2007 season.
“Larry is a true professional and will be a great addition to our staff,” Malzahn said. “He is an outstanding coach with a very good history of player development and is one of the top recruiters in the country.”
At North Carolina, Porter was the running backs coach and special teams coordinator for three seasons. Under his guidance, Carolina’s running game was 18th nationally in 2015 averaging 224.4 yards per game, the best at UNC since 1994. Running back Elijah Hood, who rushed for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015, was a two-time All-ACC performer and ranks in the school’s top 10 in career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. During his tenure, UNC made three consecutive bowl appearances and won the ACC Coastal Division in 2015.
A native of Jackson, Miss., Porter came to UNC after one season as the running backs coach at Texas, one year as running backs coach at Arizona State and two seasons as the head coach at Memphis, his alma mater.
Porter spent five years on the LSU coaching staff from 2005-09, coaching running backs while also holding two key roles on staff as assistant head coach and chief recruiter. He was elevated to the position of assistant head coach during the spring of 2006.
Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton will now also serve as the Tigers’ special teams coordinator.
“I’m excited to have Tim serve as our special teams coordinator,” Malzahn said. “He has assisted with that unit the last four years and will do an outstanding job.”