UP, Porter part ways
The University of Portland and men's basketball coach Terry Porter have parted ways.
Porter played most of his 17 years in the NBA with the Trail Blazers, and he later coached the Phoenix Suns.
He took over the UP program before the 2016-17 season, when the Pilots started 9-5 (2-0 WCC) only to stumble with an injury to senior guard Alec Wintering.
In 4 1/2 seasons at UP, Porter had a record of 43-103 overall and 7-69 in WCC play.
The university announced the "leadership change" on Friday. Here's the news release:
University of Portland athletics has announced a change in the leadership of the men's basketball program, effective immediately. Terry Porter, who is in his fifth season with the Pilots, will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Ben Johnson.
The rest of the coaching staff will remain in place through the conclusion of this season.
"I would like to thank Coach Porter for his service to the university," Portland Vice President for Athletics Scott Leykam said. "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."
The Pilots are currently 6-11 on the season and 0-8 in the West Coast Conference. Portland is scheduled to host the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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