The 2016 season marks Bo Porter's second on the Braves' coaching staff. He previously managed the Houston Astros in 2013-14 and has 20 years of experience as a player, coach and manager in the Major and Minor leagues. He served three seasons (2007-09) as third base coach and outfield/baserunning instructor under Fredi Gonzalez with the Florida Marlins.
Prior to taking over as Astros manager, Porter spent two seasons (2011-12) as third base coach for the Washington Nationals. He spent the 2010 season as third base coach and also as bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was named the 17th manager in Astros history on September 27, 2012.
Porter, 42, made his coaching debut in 2005, when he served as hitting coach for Class A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League. His first stint as a manager was in 2006, when he skippered the Marlins' Jamestown club of the New York-Penn League to a 33-39 record.
During his professional playing career, Porter played in parts of three Major League seasons as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs (1999), Oakland A's (2000) and Texas Rangers (2001). He appeared in a total of 89 games. He played in two playoff games for Oakland during the 2000 American League Division Series, during which he went 1-for-1 at the plate and recorded a hit off the Yankees' Dwight Gooden.
He collected his first Major League hit on September 7, 1999 (single), against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. His first home run came on September 15, 2000, at Tampa Bay, off Tony Fiore.
Porter was originally selected by the Cubs in the 1993 June draft and would go on to hit 113 home runs with 503 RBI and 236 stolen bases in 10 minor league seasons. Porter was an outstanding athlete while at Weequahic High School in New Jersey, reaching All-State status in baseball, football and basketball. He attended the University of Iowa, where he starred in baseball and football under legendary coach Hayden Fry, earning All-Big 10 honors in both sports and MVP honors on the football team his senior year in 1994. Porter earned his bachelor's degree in communications studies.
A native of Newark, NJ, Porter and his wife Stacey reside in Houston, Texas, with their son, Bryce. Porter was honored on December 13, 2012, which was proclaimed "Essex County Bo Porter Day," during which he was presented with the key to Essex County, the County's highest honor.
He regularly participates in motivational speaking engagements and corporate leadership training seminars. In July of 2012, Bo and Stacey established the Bo Porter SELF Foundation (Sports, Education, Life Skills, Faith) in Houston, which provides and supports programs that are dedicated to improving and impacting the lives of others through sports, education, life skills and faith. Porter authored a daily devotional book, "Real Life Empowered," which was released in December 2015.