March 10, 1991 |
Want a fight? Rene Portland will give you one. Try anything that even vaguely suggests her team is being treated like a second-class citizen and she will be in your face like a blocked shot. Give her players a little less respect than they deserve and she will give you an attitude adjustment. A lot of male ego has made the mistake of going toe-to-toe with Portland, only to discover too late that the head coach of the Penn State women's basketball team is used to fighting and used to winning.
January 10, 1992 |
Holding up signs that proclaimed, "Save the Lesbians," an ad hoc coalition of vocal gay rights activists showed up at Temple last night in protest of Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland, an outspoken opponent of lesbianism in collegiate athletics. Seated behind the Penn State bench as the ninth-ranked Lions defeated Temple, 92-76, a crowd of about 35 demonstrators, members of Queer Action, assailed Portland for discriminatory comments in which she claimed that she was attempting to change the stereotype of female athletes as "dykes" and for an alleged ban of lesbians from her team in the past.
November 24, 2004 |
Amanda Brown scored 18 points as Penn State - without head coach Rene Portland for the first time in more than 24 years - beat Duquesne, 71-55, last night. Portland took a leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons on Monday, eight days after she fainted on the flight back from Penn State's season opener against Texas. The Lions (1-3) were coached by Annie Troyan, a former Penn State player and longtime assistant to Portland. It was the first time Troyan had been a head coach since 1987, when she led Archbishop Carroll in the Catholic League.
December 14, 1998 |
All is well again in Happy Valley for Penn State women's basketball. The Lions are back in the national rankings at 20th after a two-year absence and are beating national powers on a regular basis. Yesterday, coach Rene Portland's squad (7-1) defeated its third top-10 team in two weeks: Penn State beat No. 10 Old Dominion, 89-77, in the Bryce Jordan Center before a crowd of 6,245. It was the team's seventh straight win after an opening upset loss to Pittsburgh. It was the first time Penn State had beaten ODU in four meetings, the last of which came 15 seasons ago. Next stop for the Lions is at Temple, next Monday, in their first visit to Philadelphia in five seasons.
July 25, 1991 |
Downingtown High School point guard Tina Nicholson has given an oral commitment to attend Penn State University on a full basketball scholarship in the fall of 1992. Nicholson, The Inquirer's female player of the year last season, led the Whippets to the PIAA Class AAAA state title, averaging 21.3 points, 10.6 assists, and 6.5 steals per game in becoming the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,915 points. Nicholson, who is entering her senior year, said she chose Penn State - which was ranked nationally in the top five for most of last season - over Villanova, Rutgers, St. Joseph's and Virginia because Rene Portland, Penn State's coach, "treated me as a person, not just a basketball player.
February 8, 1994 |
For the third consecutive week, undefeated Penn State sits atop the women's basketball poll, but there's another obstacle in the road ahead for the Lions this weekend. Rene Portland's team travels to No. 11 Purdue on Friday, and the host Boilermakers are only a game behind the Nittany Lions (18-0) in the Big Ten standings. But should Penn State sweep Purdue and Indiana, it can virtually wrap up the league title. More important, two victories might just lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament next month.
April 23, 2007 |
Notre Dame associate head women's basketball coach Coquese Washington has agreed to become Penn State's head coach, several sources familiar with the hire said last night. A Penn State spokeswoman would neither confirm nor deny the report last night, stating only that the school had nothing planned for today. If named as expected, Washington would become the first African American woman to coach the Penn State program. She would succeed Rene Portland, who hadcoached the Lions for 27 seasons before she resigned on March 21. The 54-year-old Portland's exit occurred a month after settlement of a controversial case in which a former player alleged Portland had discriminated against players in the women's basketball program who were, or were presumed to be, gay. Washington, 36, who just completed her eighth season on the staff of Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw, starred for the Irish from 1989 to 1993.
April 19, 2006 |
Rene Portland will continue as Penn State's women's basketball coach despite yesterday's finding by university investigators that she violated school policy by creating a "hostile, intimidating, and offensive environment" around a player she allegedly believed was a lesbian. Portland, a Broomall native who has won 591 games since then-athletic director Joe Paterno hired her in 1980, will be fined $10,000. She also was ordered to undergo diversity training and warned that she would be fired if she again violated Penn State's guidelines against sex-based discrimination.
October 13, 2005 |
Penn State will review accusations of discrimination by a gay-rights advocacy group against women's basketball coach Rene Portland. "The allegations will be investigated according to university policy and practices," school president Graham Spanier said in an e-mail to the Associated Press yesterday. "Penn State has a nondiscrimination policy that is fundamental to the principles of our university. " Spanier said he received a letter of complaint from the National Center for Lesbian Rights regarding the case of Jennifer Harris, who transferred from Penn State to James Madison in the spring.
March 22, 2007 |
Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland is considering stepping down, sources familiar with the situation said last night. Penn State officials and the 54-year-old coach were not available for comment last night. The news on Portland comes several months after an out-of-court settlement in a controversial case involving former player Jennifer Harris, who claimed Portland dismissed her from the squad in March 2005 because the Penn State coach perceived her to be a lesbian.