DENTON, Texas – Kristee Porter, who has served as the women’s volleyball head coach at McNeese State for the past two years, has been named North Texas head coach, vice president and director of athletics Wren Baker announced on Sunday.
“We are delighted to welcome Kristee Porter as the next coach of UNT volleyball,” Baker said. “From our very first meeting, our committee was confident that Coach Porter was the right person to take our volleyball program to the next level. Born and raised in Texas, she is a former three-time All-American at UCLA and has a strong pedigree as both a coach and recruiter. She is equally committed to the development of our student-athletes, both on and off the field. We look forward to Coach Porter’s arrival in Denton.”
In two seasons at McNeese State, Porter led the Cowgirls to a 23-18 record overall, including the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season. In 2021, she led her team to 18-11 and a trip to McNeese’s first conference championship game since 1999. The 18 wins were the most for the program since 2017, and a regular-season third-place finish was the highest since 2006.
In addition, McNeese volleyball placed three players on the 2021 All-Southland Conference teams for the first time since 2015. Freshman winger Aryn Johnson was named to the second team, while opposites Kendall Glueck and sophomore Macee Krpec were third-team selections.
“It’s an exciting time for me and my family to become the next head coach of the University of North Texas,” said Porter. “I want to thank Wren Baker and the North Texas family for entrusting the future of this incredible program. This feels like a homecoming to me as a product of East Texas and I look forward to the future of UNT volleyball and continuing the rich tradition of our university and making our community proud.”
Born in Tyler, Texas, Porter was head coach at her alma mater Tyler Lee High School from 2017-18. She also had head coaching at Navarro College (2009-11) and Henderson State (2015-16), as well as time as an assistant coach at Colorado (2012).
Prior to joining HSU, she spent a year with the Volleyball Factory Athletics as Director of Volleyball Operations, directing the division’s day-to-day operations, as well as hiring and training staff coaches for nearly 100 national events each year. She also worked closely with the USA Volleyball Olympic Training Center to host multiple events and select student athletes competing for Under Armor All-American and development teams.
Porter began her coaching career as a head coach at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas, from 2009-12. She led Navarro to three consecutive winning seasons as she appeared in the post-season NJCAA tournament every year. She also coached the 15’s Mizuno Elite team at the Texas Image Volleyball Club in Dallas, Texas.
Porter became an assistant coach at Colorado in 2012 and was responsible for assisting with the daily activities of the volleyball program, including recruiting, training, communication with prospects, travel, and game preparation.
As a player, Porter was a four-time All-American (twice AVCA and twice Volleyball Magazine) at UCLA, and was named the Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year in 2000. She was also a star on the basketball court and in track and field and was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame for all three sports.
Porter, one of the greatest athletes in storied history at Westwood, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 2009. She was an inaugural inductee into the Tyler ISD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
After college, she joined the USA Volleyball Women’s National Team from 2001 to 2004. She also played international professional volleyball from 2001-10 in Puerto Rico and Spain, where she won five league titles and two MVP awards.