Head of Academy Performance
Kyle Porter joined the Colorado Rapids in January of 2022 as the Academy Performance Coach. Kyle moved to Denver from Phoenix, Arizona, where he was the Assistant Director of Sports Performance at Grand Canyon University, working with men’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and dance. He was also the Director of Soccer Performance at FC Arizona.
While at GCU, Kyle was the performance coach on four Western Athletic Conference Championship teams, advancing to four NCAA tournaments, twice with men’s soccer (2020 & 2021), once with men’s tennis (2020), and once with women’s tennis (2020).
Prior to GCU, Kyle was the Director of Athletic Performance at the Center for Athletic Performance & Physical Therapy, overseeing multiple youth clubs, including: Phoenix Premier FC, SC del Sol U.S. Developmental Academy, Junior Bobcats Hockey, and Victorium Volleyball Club.
Kyle started his performance coaching career in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2013, founding Porter’s Athletic Performance, which specialized in soccer performance training. He held other roles over that time, including Director of Soccer Performance/Soccer Coach with Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club (2013 – 2016), Phoenix Premier FC (2016 – 2019), Soccer Performance Coach with Sporting AZ FC (2018 UPSL National Runner Up, 2018 Lamar Hunt Open Cup 4th Round Appearance), and Soccer Performance Coach/Assistant Coach with Team USA 6v6 in the 2018 and 2019 Socca World Cup held in Lisbon, Portugal, and Crete, Greece, respectively. Before getting into coaching full time, Kyle worked in the finance industry as a credit analyst and portfolio manager for three years, specializing in agricultural lending.
Kyle graduated from A.T. Still University in December 2019 with an M.S. in Kinesiology with a dual tract in Corrective Exercise and Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Sport Psychology. He is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS, 2017), EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS, 2017), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT – 200-hour level, 2018), and United States Soccer Federation (USSF, 2016) 'D' License Soccer Coach. Kyle also holds the Functional Movement Screen (FMS, 2017) Level 1 Certification.
Kyle played college soccer at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a two-year captain (2011 & 2012), winning four Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships and advancing to the NCAA Division III National Tournament four times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) with three Sweet Sixteen (2008, 2010, 2012) appearances, and one Elite Eight (2008) appearance. Kyle was selected as First Team All-SCAC three times (2010-12) and was named to the All-Southwest Region 2nd Team in 2011. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual tract of Investment Finance and Marketing.
Porter is the youngest of three with an older brother who lives in San Diego and an older sister who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both of Kyle’s parents live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the uncle of five with four nephews and one niece. He also has a red nose pit bull named Scholes after Paul Scholes. His other passions include yoga and snowboarding.