Women’s Basketball Head Coach Named
Posted: April 17, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom O’Connor announced Wednesday that Jeri Porter has been hired as Mason’s women’s basketball head coach.
Porter just concluded her sixth season as head coach of the Radford University women’s basketball team. Prior to that, she spent four seasons at the helm of the North Alabama program.
A native of Capital Heights, Md., Porter becomes the seventh head coach in Mason’s 34-year history of women’s basketball.
“I truly believe that Jeri Porter is the person who has the passion and commitment to lead the women’s program to the top of the [Colonial Athletic Association],” O’Connor said.
“Throughout her career she has been a proven leader and has demonstrated that she has the knowledge and the ability to help us achieve our goals of academic and athletic excellence in our basketball program.”
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to return home and become a part of the George Mason family,” Porter said.
“As I walked around campus this week, I was so impressed with the growth and the expansion that is taking place everywhere and the undeniable excitement of everyone that I met. The potential for this women’s basketball program is unlimited, and I can’t wait to get started!”
Under Porter’s direction, the Radford Highlanders reached the Big South Conference Championship for the second year in row and recorded the second most wins in school history (23-12) in the 2007-08 season.
The Highlanders received an automatic bid to the WNIT as the highest finisher in the Big South that did not receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. Radford fell to CAA foe James Madison in the first-round game.
Porter took her first head coaching position at UNA in 1998 after spending six seasons under head coach Rick Reeves as an assistant at Liberty University and winning the Big South Conference Championship in her last two years.
In her four-year tenure at UNA, Porter led the Lions to a 64-43 record that included three straight winning seasons and a Gulf South Conference East Division championship in 2000.
That season, Porter garnered GSC Coach of the Year honors, advancing UNA to the semifinals of the GSC Tournament. She guided them to a 21-7 overall and 12-2 record in the GSC.
Along with a reputation as a solid recruiter, she was known as a coach who took care of the academic interests of her athletes at UNA. Her teams were regularly recognized for their academic achievements.
As a player at Liberty, Porter was inducted into the Lady Flames Hall of Fame in the spring of 1998. She was also selected the team’s Most Valuable Player in both the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, and was selected first-team All-Big South Conference following the 1991-92 season. Porter scored 717 points in just two seasons and still ranks among the top 20 scorers in school history.
In 1998, as an assistant coach, she helped direct the Lady Flames to a 28-1 record that included the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament championships and an NCAA Tournament bid.
Porter is a 1991 graduate of Liberty with a BS in psychology.