Where Are They Now? Bo Porter

BO PORTER, 94BA
Iowa baseball and football player, 1990-1994

Marquis “Bo” Porter, 94BA, dominated the baseball and football fields at Iowa. As the baseball team’s starting centerfielder in 1993, he hit .318 with 33 RBIs, eight doubles, four home runs, and nine stolen bases. On the gridiron as a senior, the defensive back became a three-year letterman and the Hawkeyes’ most valuable player.

The Chicago Cubs drafted Porter in the 40th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft. From 1999 to 2001, he played in the majors as an outfielder for the Cubs, Oakland Athletics, and the Texas Rangers. Porter then worked for several minor and major league teams, spending the last two years as third-base coach for the Washington Nationals.

In September, Porter became manager of the Houston Astros. He credits former Iowa coaches Hayden Fry and Duane Banks for preparing him for the leadership position. “I was blessed to play for two of the most heralded coaches, not just in the history of the University of Iowa, but in college sports history,” says Porter. “The things I was able to learn from them…set the foundation for me, not only in sports, but in the maturation of life.”

PHOTO: University Athletic Communications
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