Portland basketball icon Terry Porter was named head men's basketball coach at the University of Portland in April of 2016. Porter, a 17-year NBA veteran player and former NBA head coach, is the 21st basketball head coach in Pilot history.
Porter guided Portland to notable wins over Oregon State, Portland State and a first-round West Coast Conference Tournament victory against San Diego during his inaugural 2016-17 season. The Pilots suffered a crushing season-ending injury to All-WCC senior point guard Alec Wintering after starting the season with a 9-5 record and 2-0 start to conference play and ended up 11-22 overall.
Porter, 52, was a standout for the Portland Trail Blazers and had his jersey retired by the franchise in 2009. During his 17-year NBA career, Porter averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals, made two All-Star appearances (1991, 1993), two trips to the NBA Finals (1990, 1992) and scored 15,586 career points. He currently ranks 14th on the NBA's all-time assist leaderboard (7,160).
A Milwaukee, Wisc. native, Porter brings extensive NBA coaching experience to the Pilots. He was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons (2003-05), including leading the team to the 2004 NBA Playoffs. He served one season as head coach of the Phoenix Suns (2008-09) and was also an assistant coach at Minnesota, Sacramento and Detroit.
The notable coaches that Porter played for throughout his career include Jack Ramsay, Rick Adelman, Flip Saunders, Pat Riley and Gregg Popovich. Porter also played for legendary college head coach Dick Bennett at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Bennett would go on to great success with UW-Green Bay, Wisconsin and Washington State.
In addition to his playing and coaching accolades, Porter has been one a strong advocate for various community and charitable organizations. He was a long-time team ambassador for the Trail Blazers after his playing career ended and one of the biggest community contributors of any Portland-area celebrity. He is a Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame member, board member at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and created the Milwaukee Scholars Fund in 1994, which provides college scholarships to minority students.
He and his wife Susie have three children – Brianna, Franklin and Malcolm.
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