Bo Porter was named the 17th manager in franchise history on Sept. 27, 2012. Porter has experience as a player, coach and manager in the minor leagues and Major Leagues. Before joining the Astros, he spent two seasons as the third base coach for the Washington Nationals, who were NL East Champions in 2012 after posting the best record in the Majors (98-64). Prior to his stint with the Nationals, Porter began the 2010 season as third base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks before being promoted to bench coach on July 1 of that season when Kirk Gibson was named manager. Before joining the D-backs, Porter served as the Marlins third base coach and outfield/baserunning instructor for three seasons from 2007-09. Porter's 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. His coaching debut came in 2005 when he served as hitting coach for Single A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League.
During his professional playing career, Porter played in parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues as an outfielder for the Cubs (1999), A's (2000) and Rangers (2001), appearing in a total of 89 games. He appeared in two playoff games for Oakland during the 2000 season, during which he recorded a hit off the Yankees Dwight Gooden. Porter collected his first ML hit on Sept. 7, 1999 (single), vs. the Reds at Wrigley Field and hit his first ML home run on Sept. 15, 2000, at TB off RHP 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. The Newark, NJ, native was honored on Dec. 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. In July 2012, Porter established the Bo Porter SELF Foundation (Sports, Education, Life Skills, Faith) in Houston, provides and supports programs dedicated to improving and impacting the lives of others, with an emphasis on youth. Bo and his wife, Stacey, reside in Houston with their son, Bryce.