After the Portland Pilots suffered a humiliating 45-point loss to the BYU Cougars on Thursday night, the Pilots have officially parted ways with fifth-year coach Terry Porter.
As first reported by Jeff Goodman of Stadium, the former Trail Blazer star is no longer at the helm as head coach for the Pilots. He will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Ben Johnson. The Pilots released a statement confirming the news.
“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.”
While Porter had a lot of success in the Rose City as an NBA star, that did not carry over to his coaching career with the Pilots. Since taking over the reins in 2016 as head coach, Porter lost his final 22 WCC games and went 1-39 in his final 3 seasons in the WCC. Overall, he won 1 of his final 46 WCC games and has a 43-102 record as head coach of the Pilots.
Portland is currently 0-8 in conference play and 6-11 overall in 2020. The Pilots are also on a nine-game losing streak.
In his playing career with the Trail Blazers, Porter was a two-time All-Star selection after being chosen in the first round of the 1985 draft out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His Blazers jersey was retired in 2009.
Porter also had stints for the Timberwolves, Heat, and Spurs and averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. His 7,160 assists are good for 14th on the NBA’s all-time list.
Portland is scheduled to host the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday at 4 p.m.