The basketball season is nearly upon us! Only two weeks remain until the 2016-2017 season home opener for men’s basketball on Friday, November 11. The Pilots take on UC Riverside at 7 p.m. that day as Terry Porter coaches his first regular season game as the Pilots head coach.
We hope you make plans to be there and support the Pilots as they start a new era of basketball under Terry Porter. Tickets for this game, and for the entire season are still on sale at x7525.
A new era of Pilots college basketball is quickly approaching as the home opener—Terry Porter’s first game as Pilots head coach—is one month away. The Pilots open their season on Friday, November 11, at 7 p.m., in the Chiles Center as they take on the visiting Highlander from UC Riverside. Single game tickets go on sale on October 19, but faculty and staff can purchase season tickets right now for 50 percent off ($44 for GA tickets, $97.50 for upper reserved, and $140 for lower reserved). To get your season tickets go to PortlandPilots.com/Tickets and enter Promo Code Staff/Fac at the top of the page, or call the Pilots Box Office at x7525.
Portland basketball icon Terry Porter has been named head men’s basketball coach at the University of Portland, according to Scott Laykam, athletic director. Porter, a 17-year NBA veteran player and former NBA head coach, becomes the 21st basketball head coach in Pilot history. The University has planned an introductory press conference for Tuesday at noon at the Chiles Center to officially introduce Porter. The event will be open to the public and season ticket packages will be available for sale.
Porter 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).
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.
A long-time team ambassador for the Trail Blazers since his retirement, Porter has not only been a fan favorite from his playing days, but also one of the biggest community contributors of any Portland-area sports personality. He is a Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame member and still actively participates in many other community ventures.
For more information contact athletics at 7117 or portlandpilots.com.