UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame has announced former Penn State women’s basketball head coach Rene Portland as a member of the organization’s 2017 induction class.
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation was founded in May 2002 as a means to preserve and promote the rich history of Philadelphia sports and promote the city’s rich history of sports figures, places, legends and lore.
The members of the 2017 class were announced by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 15, with the induction ceremony taking place in the fall.
A native of Broomall, Pa., Portland graduated from Immaculata College in 1975 and was a part of three-consecutive AIAW national championship teams. She was named head coach at St. Joseph’s for the 1976-77 season and coached the Hawks for two years before serving as head coach at Colorado for a pair of seasons. She was named the fourth head coach in Penn State’s program history on May 20, 1980.
Portland compiled a 606-236 overall record during her tenure as head coach of the Lady Lions, with a career mark of 693-265 over 31 seasons. During the 1990-91 season, Portland’s Lady Lion squad earned the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking.
The Lady Lions made 21 NCAA Tournament appearances under Portland, advancing to the 2000 Final Four, and won the 1998 WNIT title. The Lady Lions advanced to the Sweet 16 on 11 occasions and reached the Elite Eight four times in those appearances.
Under Portland, Penn State claimed five regular season Big Ten titles – beginning conference play during the 1992-93 campaign – and claimed a pair of Big Ten Tournament titles. Furthermore, Portland helped the Lady Lions claim a pair of regular season Atlantic 10 crowns and five tournament titles.