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Terry Porter Out as University of Portland Head Coach

The former Trail Blazers guard will not return to the U of P.

NCAA Basketball: Portland at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Terry Porter has been dismissed from his Head Coaching position at the University of Portland. The UP released an announcement today, which Jeff Borzello of ESPN relayed.

“I would like to thank Coach Porter for his service to the University,” Portland vice president for athletics, Scott Leykam said in a statement. “The timing of these changes is never ideal, especially with all the disruptions this season that have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ultimately, it was decided that it was best to move forward now and focus on the future of the program and the search for the next head coach.”

According to the article, the former Trail Blazer was head coach since 2016, and the team hasn’t had a winning season under his direction.

Terry Porter was picked 24th overall by the Trail Blazers in 1985. He spent a decade playing in Portland and made an appearance with the team in the NBA Finals twice, in 1990 and in 1992. He played in the NBA for 17 years. In 2008 the Blazers retired the number 30 in honor of him. Porter was also inducted into the Oregon sports hall of fame two years later, in 2010.