Koni Milinkovich Porter ’71 Inducted 1994
Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball
Koni Milinkovich Porter is one of a very select group of Gustavus athletes to have earned 12 athletic letters as she was a stand out on the volleyball, basketball and softball teams from 1967 until 1971. Porter was an outside hitter on the volleyball team, a forward on the basketball team, and shortstop on the softball team.
While she was a very significant contributor in all three sports, Porter was at her best on the basketball court where she averaged 10.5 points per game during her career and led the team to an impressive 24-7 mark in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. a three-time basketball captain, Koni was the most valuable player of the 1969-70 team that complied a 7-1 record. In 1970-71. she helped lead the Bees to a 10-2 conference record and a second-place finish in the Southern Minnesota regional.
After graduating with a degree in sociology, Porter pursued a career in coaching and officiating. She coached the Anoka Ramsey Community College women's basketball team to the state championship in 1976 and that team went on to finish third in the Midwest regional. Koni has also been officiating women's basketball and volleyball at the high school and college levels since 1973. She has officiated state tournaments in both sports at both the college and high school levels.
Aside from her officiating, Porter was a police officer in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The focus of her work was with juveniles and included both abuse victims and offenders. She was also involved in the DARE program while serving on the Hennepin County Juvenile Advisory Committee.