I never knew such a school existed


Lewis & Clark head men's basketball coach Bob Gaillard has announced the hiring of former NBA great Terry Porter as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pioneers, joining the staff of Gaillard, Dinari Forman, Mark Swenson and Ryan Wells.

Porter spent 17 years in the NBA as a player, beginning his career with the Portland Trail Blazers as the 24th overall pick in the 1985 draft from current Division III power Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He spent a decade with the Blazers (1985-1995), leading the team to the NBA Finals twice.

Porter continues to hold the NBA Finals single-game record for the most free throws made without a miss with 15 (June 7, 1990 in Detroit), while being the Trail Blazers' all-time assists leader with 5,319. In 1993, he received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. On December 16, 2008 the Trail Blazers retired his #30 jersey.

Following his playing career, Porter went onto coach the Milwaukee Bucks from 2003-2005. He then was named the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns from 2008-09.

"In addition to his great NBA career, Terry brings an exemplary work ethic and proven coaching skills that will allow him to be an invaluable asset as an example and inspiration to our students/athletes," said Gaillard.

The Pioneers are set to begin the 2010-11 season at home versus Masters College on Nov. 15. The team will open Northwest Conference play on Dec. 3 with a match-up against defending conference champion Whitworth College.