According to a report by Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW, the Univeristy of Portland Pilots have named Blazer great Terry Porter the new head coach of their men’s basketball team. Porter, who played for the Portland Trail Blazers from 1985 to 1995, is currently the Blazers’ alumni ambassador. Details of his contract with the Pilots are now being finalized.
Porter brings extensive NBA coaching experience to the job. He was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons (2003-2005) and the Phoenix Suns (2008-2009) and an assistant at Minnesota, Sacramento and Detroit. He was a Portland Trail Blazer for the first 10 years of a 17-year career as an NBA player and a two-time NBA all-star. During his career he played for noted coaches Gregg Popovich, Rick Adelman and Pat Riley. Porter played his college basketball at Wisconsin-Stevens Point under Dick Bennett, who later went on to coach at Wisconsin and Washington State.
He is one of the most popular players in Trail Blazer history and in his retirement moved back to Portland. He has been a regular fixture at charity events and fund-raisers in the area and worked as an ambassador for the Trail Blazers and did TV work for the Blazers and Comcast SportsNet. There is no question he'll bring attention and interest in the Pilot basketball program and the school itself. He has long expressed an interest in coaching at the collegiate level and this would be an opportunity to build a program in his adopted hometown.