Terry Porter has verbally agreed to take the job as the new men's basketball coach at the University of Portland, according to multiple sources close to Porter and the university.

Contract details have not been finalized but both sides are comfortable they will be ironed out soon.

Reached Friday afternoon, Porter declined to comment.

Porter brings extensive NBA coaching experience to the job. He was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons (2003-2005) and the Phoenix Suns (2008-2009) and an assistant at Minnesota, Sacramento and Detroit. He was a Portland Trail Blazer for the first 10 years of a 17-year career as an NBA player and a two-time NBA all-star. During his career he played for noted coaches Gregg Popovich, Rick Adelman and Pat Riley. Porter played his college basketball at Wisconsin-Stevens Point under Dick Bennett, who later went on to coach at Wisconsin and Washington State.

He is one of the most popular players in Trail Blazer history and in his retirement moved back to Portland. He has been a regular fixture at charity events and fund-raisers in the area and worked as an ambassador for the Trail Blazers and did TV work for the Blazers and Comcast SportsNet. There is no question he'll bring attention and interest in the Pilot basketball program and the school itself. He has long expressed an interest in coaching at the collegiate level and this would be an opportunity to build a program in his adopted hometown.

It is believed he already has most of his coaching staff together and one person close to the program said, "They have never had a group of assistants of this caliber at Portland."


Porter replaces Eric Reveno, who coached 10 years at Portland, compiling a 140-178 record overall and a 60-96 mark in the West Coast Conference.