Hoop coach dance hits Oregon

After a historic year, Div. I getting two new men's hoop coaches for Class of 2022

Cliff Pfenning
May 24, 2021

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.

Cliff Pfenning

Cliff is the publisher of Oregonsports.com, and has decades of experience in writing, photography, videography and graphic design. He's been a sportswriter in Oregon for more than three decades and has even taught sports broadcasting in Portland. He lives in North Portland in a house built in 1912 that has a backyard deck easily turned into a 'Top Golf' set-up for wiffle golf balls ... and cornhole.