“I would like to thank Coach Porter for his service to the University,” VP for Athletics Scott Leykam said in a release. “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.”
This was the first collegiate coaching job of any kind for Porter, who had previously played and coached in the NBA. In 2004, he led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA Playoffs. Originally from Wisconsin, Porter spent much of his playing career with the Portland Trail Blazers making him a well-known figure in the city.
Assistant coach Ben Johnson, who had been on Porter’s staff since his hiring in 2016, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. The Pilots are currently 6-11 overall but 0-8 in the WCC, putting them in last place with six games still on the schedule before the WCC Tournament in March.
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