Hoop coach dance hits Oregon
After a historic year, Div. I getting two new men's hoop coaches for Class of 2022
It was a historic year for Div. I basketball in Oregon as both the men's and women's teams from Oregon and Oregon State not only reached the NCAA Tournament, but won at least one game.
And Oregon State was a three-minute burst away from reaching the Final Four on the men's side.
And, the women's team from the University of Portland, which qualified for the tournament last year by winning the West Coast Conference tournament, played to the final of the WBI Tournament under second-year coach Michael Meek.
The Pilots' men's team made news, too, but for different reasons, namely the firing of fifth-year coach Terry Porter. The school quickly replaced him with Shantay Legans, one day after he led Eastern Washington into the first round of the NCAA Tournament - a stirring loss to third-seeded Kansas.
Three weeks later, Portland State hit the job market when men's coach Barret Peery took an assistant position at Texas Tech after four years with the Vikings.
At the same time, top UO men's assistant Tony Stubblefield moved to the head job at DePaul in Chicago after 11 years with the Ducks, who made a Final Four run in 2017.
That left the Portland State women's program as the lone team to have a quiet season.
After his 11th season, Dana Altman is the dean of Oregon Div. I coaches.