Stoudamire earns national coaching honor
Pacific University's Damon Stoudamire, former Wilson High and Trail Blazers standout, has been named winner of the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year award, given to the top minority head coach in NCAA Division I men's basketbal.
The former point guard recently completed his fourth season at Pacific in Stockton, California, where he led the Tigers to a 23-9 regular season and fourth place in the West Coast Conference.
Stoudamire also was named WCC coach of the year.
They'll return nine players who played more than 10 minutes per game this season.
• The 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
• It appears no coaching change is imminent for the University of Portland men's basketball program.
On Tuesday, UP Vice President for Athletics Scott Leykam released a statement that Terry Porter remains the Pilots' coach.
"Terry Porter is our men's basketball head coach. We will continue to work with Terry and his staff to support them in every way possible," Leykam said.
Speculation about the status of Porter ramped up as the Pilots struggled through a 1-17 West Coast Conference season and lost their final 15 games to finish 9-23 overall. Portland lost by more than 10 points in 11 of those last 15 games, with a double-overtime loss at San Diego the closest the Pilots came to winning after a Jan. 4 home victory over San Francisco.
In Porter's first four seasons, the Pilots are 37-92, 7-63 in WCC games. His contract is believed to run for one more season, though UP contract details are not publicly available.
• To no one's surprise, on Tuesday they became the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
It's the first time the Games have been delayed or canceled, other than for war.
But organizers agreed that the coronavirus pandemic has left them with no alternative than to put off, for about one year, the opening ceremony planned for July 24.
The Olympic flame will remain in Japan, and officials said the Olympics — and Paralympic Games — will be called Tokyo 2020 (must have been a ga-zillion signs, banners, etc., etc., etc., already produced with 2020 on them).
The postponement means the U.S. track and field trials, set for the rebuilt Hayward Field, will have to be rescheduled as well.
TrackTown USA said "it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date."
TrackTown USA also said it is finalizing how to handle ticketed fans depending on whether to want to keep their tickets or request a refund.
• The Oregon Ducks' volleyball program, under coach Matt Ulmer, has signed transfer opposite Gloria Mutiri to a letter-of-intent. The 6-2 left-hander from Sand Springs, Oklahoma, played two seasons for Kansas State and will be eligible as a junior next season.
In 55 matches, she averaged 2.62 kills per set, hitting .252. She also had 0.65 blocks per set and 1.53 digs.
• A former Portland Thorns player, Tina Frimpong Ellertson, is returning to her alma mater as an assistant coach.
The native of Vancouver, Washington, will work under head coach Nicole Van Dyke at the University of Washington.
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