Next season, the Itawamba Community College Lady Indians’ basketball team will have a new face on the sidelines with fifth-year head coach Nanci Gray.
Robin Porter, former Mississippi State Lady Bulldog (05-09), joins the Lady Indians coaching staff as the new assistant basketball coach and will help try to improve on the Lady Indians 19-10 performance of a year ago that saw their season end in the semi-final round of the NJCAA Region 23 tournament last season to third-ranked Co-Lin.
“It feels great to start a new career here at ICC,” said Porter. “I’m looking forward to working with the athletes to help them with my background in strength and conditioning where I worked with Richard Akins as well as my basketball knowledge from playing under Coach Sharon Fanning-Otis.”
Porter spent last season worked as a graduate assistant for the Lady Bulldogs’ strength and conditioning program, valuable experience that has Coach Gray excited about the things the Abbeville, Alabama native can bring to the program away from the game.
“It’s a shot in the arm when we have the chance to bring on someone of Robin’s caliber,” said Gray. “She brings with her a great amount of expertise in strength and conditioning and experience having played at Mississippi State. That type of experience is going to help us a lot.”
At Abbeville High School, she was named 3A State Player of the Year, Super 12 Player of the Year, and Wiregrass Player of the Year while being nominated as a McDonald’s All-American and Wendy’s High School Heisman. While in Starkville, Porter was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was made the All-Academic team for four-straight seasons.
Porter is the daughter of Emily Porter and Billy Porter. She is one of five children and her brother, Chris, was an All-American men’s basketball player at Auburn.
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