Clarence Porch was a dominating figure in NW Georgia basketball in the early 1970’s. As a Center for Calhoun High School’s basketball team, Porch was elected Most Valuable Player and Team Captain his senior year. He led the area in scoring, rebounding, field goals and free throw percentage. As a junior player, Porch was named Co-MVP.
In track, Clarence set school records in the 440 yard dash, the 440 yard relay and the mile relay as a senior. He also set a school record in the high jump in 1973 and 1975. Porch was coached by fellow Hall of Fame inductee Coach Lynn Walter.
Porch’s success in high school led to a full scholarship to play basketball for Dalton Junior College. Porch was a key leader in the Roadrunner’s success and national ranking during his two years as a starter. They rose to #2 in the nation at one point in Porch’s career. Clarence was the leading rebounder and scorer for the Roadrunners and received the Team Captain/Leadership Award.
His success led to a full athletic scholarship to the University of West Georgia, where he was a two year starter. He was the leading rebounder and scorer for the Braves, and earned the “Big Heart Award” in 1977-78. Porch also ran track at West Georgia and participated in the 440 yard dash, intermediate hurdles and mile relay.
Porch has volunteered as an Upward Basketball coach and as a member of the School Council. He enjoys coaching, playing golf, traveling and spending time with his family. He has continued his successful ways in business and is currently the Director of National Accounts for Koroseal Interior Products.
Clarence and his wife, Sonya, have been married 18 years and have a daughter and son in high school and they reside in Tyrone, Georgia.