Portland Pilots

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Portland Pilots
Portland Pilots logo.svg
University University of Portland
Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic directorScott Leykam
Location Portland, Oregon
Varsity teams14
Basketball arena Chiles Center
Baseball stadium Joe Etzel Field
Soccer stadium Merlo Field
Other arenasLouisiana-Pacific Tennis Center
MascotWally the Pilot
NicknamePilots
Fight song"University of Portland Victory March 1984"
ColorsPurple and White [1]
         
Website www.portlandpilots.com

The Portland Pilots is the nickname for athletics at the University of Portland. The Pilots compete in the West Coast Conference (WCC) at the NCAA Division I level.

University of Portland private Catholic university in Portland, Oregon, USA

The University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university located in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which also founded UP's sister school the University of Notre Dame. Founded in 1901, UP has a student body of about 4,000 students. UP is ranked 6th in the west for regional universities in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.

West Coast Conference college athletics conference of private parochial schools in the western United States

The West Coast Conference (WCC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated in NCAA Division I consisting of ten member schools across the states of California, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

NCAA Division I highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

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History

The Pilots started to gain attention when Clive Charles began coaching the women's soccer team in 1989. He already had been the men's soccer coach since 1986, and he continued to coach both teams until his death in 2003. He was replaced by Bill Irwin. The women's soccer team won national championships in 2002 and 2005 and were led by numerous national-level players (see "notable alumni athletes" section). Additionally, the men's soccer team has been to the College Cup twice in its history: 1988 and 1995.

Clive Charles English footballer and manager

Clive Michael Charles was an English football player, coach and television announcer. He was one of five National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) coaches to win more than 400 games.

William "Bill" Irwin is a Northern Irish former professional footballer, currently working as director of soccer at the University of Portland and head coach of the United States women's under-23 side.

In addition to soccer, UP consistently has one of the top cross country programs in the nation. Their men's team, coached by Rob Conner, won their 34th overall West Coast Conference championship in October 2014. The men's team has gone to the NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championship a total of eighteen times, making their first appearance in 1993. The team has finished among the top 10 eight times in its history. The Pilots placed 7th in 2001, 2008, and 2013. The Pilots finished 3rd in 2014 and 2018 as well as 2nd in 2017, which was their highest ever finish. [2] In 2008, David Kinsella finished 4th overall, the highest any Pilot has ever placed individually at the national championships. The men's team has won the NCAA West Regional three times in their history: in 1993, 2017, and 2018. Through 2017, a total of eighteen Pilots have earned All-American honors in cross country, including Scott Fauble, Alfred Kipchumba, Trevor Dunbar, Pete Julian, Uli Steidl, Joe Driscoll, Reid Buchanan, and John Moore. [3] [2] Rob Conner also heads the Pilots' Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field teams, and has coached 25 All-Americans in distance events ranging from the mile to the 10,000m run. [4] Several Pilots have competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials under coach Conner, including William "Woody" Kincaid in the 5,000m in 2016, and John Moore and Michael Kilburg in 10,000m in 2008.

NCAA Mens Division I Cross Country Championship

Each autumn since 1938, with the exception of 1943, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has hosted men's cross country championships. Since 1958, the NCAA has had multiple division championships. Since 1973, Divisions I, II and III have all had their own national championships. Teams and individual runners qualify for the championship at regional competitions approximately a week before the national championships, typically held in November.

Portland Pilots baseball has been a staple on campus ever since 1935. They have qualified for multiple NCAA regionals, as well as cultivating many players that went on to play in the Major Leagues. Joe Etzel Field, often known as "The house that Loomis built" is where the team plays their home games. Often there are crowds exceeding 1,000, making it one of the premier college baseball atmospheres in the nation. The Boys on the Bluff are notorious for their hardhat and lunchbox mentality, and when the opposing team sees the iconic purple pinstripes, they know it's going to be a rough night at the ballpark.

Cameron Richman, (Jr. RHP), is about to make history for the Pilots. Halfway through his career, he is already in the top 10 in Pilots history in the category of hit batsmen, and this has caused numerous brawls with other teams. The Pilots are currently being led by Sophomore Ryan Kim, who hit .375 during his summer stint with the Cowlitz Black Bears in the WCL. Rumor has it that he is being scouted extensively by the Korean Baseball League, as well as MLB clubs.

The Pilots have had success in other sports as well. The men's basketball team has gone to the NCAA tournament twice (1959 and 1996). Their women's basketball team has gone to the NCAA Tournament four times (1994-1997) and the WNIT twice (1998 and 2009). Their baseball team has also gone to the NCAA tournament five times (1957, 1958, 1979, 1989, and 1991). Their volleyball team also made the postseason for the first time in 2018 after qualifying for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. [5]

NCAA Division I Baseball Championship United States top collegiate-level baseball tournament

The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship is held each year from May through June and features 64 college baseball teams in the United States, culminating in the eight-team College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Oregon State is the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament champion, defeating runner-up Arkansas 5-0 in Game 3 to win the 2018 College World Series championship finals.

UP has not fielded a football team since 1950.

Sports sponsored

Men's sportsWomen's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross countryCross country
Soccer Rowing
TennisSoccer
Track and fieldTennis
Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Former teams

National championships

NCAA team championships

Other team championships

Conference championships

The Pilots compete in the West Coast Conference, which they joined in 1976. Below are a few of their conference titles:

The West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the West Coast Conference. The winner of the tournament each year is guaranteed a place in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament for that season. Through 2008, the tournament was played on a rotating basis at the home courts of member teams. The 2009 edition was the first played at a neutral site, namely Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas. The semifinals are broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and the championship is broadcast nationally on ESPN.

The West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the West Coast Conference. The winner receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. The championship is broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

Venues

The Chiles Center, which is now painted white ChilesCenter.png
The Chiles Center, which is now painted white

The Portland Pilots play home soccer matches at Merlo Field, part of the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. [6] All volleyball and basketball games are held in the Chiles Center. The baseball team plays in Joe Etzel Field. The Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center is home to the tennis teams.

Olympians

Notable alumni athletes

See also

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2011–12 Portland Pilots mens basketball team

The 2011–12 Portland Pilots men's basketball team represented the University of Portland in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Pilots, members of the West Coast Conference, were led by sixth-year head coach Eric Reveno. They played their home games at the Chiles Center. They finished the season 7–24, 3–13 in WCC play to finish in eighth place and lost in the second round of the West Coast Conference Tournament to San Francisco.

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2014–15 Portland Pilots womens basketball team

The 2014–15 Portland Pilots women's basketball team will represent the University of Portland in the 2014–15 college basketball season. It was head coach Cheryl Sorensen's first season as head coach at Portland. The Pilots were members of the West Coast Conference and play their home games at the Chiles Center. They finished the season 4–26, 2–16 in WCC play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the WCC Women's Tournament to Santa Clara.

2015–16 Portland Pilots womens basketball team

The 2015–16 Portland Pilots women's basketball team represented the University of Portland in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I women's basketball season college basketball season. The Pilots, led by second year coach Cheryl Sorensen. They played their homes games at Chiles Center and were members of the West Coast Conference. They finished the season 3–27, 1–17 in WCC play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the WCC Women's Tournament to Loyola Marymount.

2016–17 Portland Pilots womens basketball team

The 2016–17 Portland Pilots women's basketball team represented the University of Portland in the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Pilots, led by third year coach Cheryl Sorensen. They played their homes games at Chiles Center and were members of the West Coast Conference. They finished the season 6–24, 4–14 in WCC play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the WCC Women's Tournament to Pacific.

2017–18 Portland Pilots womens basketball team

The 2017–18 Portland Pilots women's basketball team represents the University of Portland in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Pilots were led by fourth year coach Cheryl Sorensen. They play their homes games at Chiles Center and were members of the West Coast Conference. They finished the season 7–23, 3–15 in WCC play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the WCC Women's Tournament to Pacific.

2018–19 Portland Pilots womens basketball team

The 2018–19 Portland Pilots women's basketball team represents the University of Portland in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Pilots were led by fifth year coach Cheryl Sorensen. They play their homes games at Chiles Center and were members of the West Coast Conference. They finished the season 13–17, 5–13 in WCC play to finish in eighth place. They lost in the first round of the WCC Women's Tournament to San Francisco.

References

  1. University of Portland Brand Book (PDF). Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. 1 2 "Pilots Hit Podium with Runner-Up Finish at NCAA Championships". University of Portland. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  3. "University of Portland - Men's NCAA XC Championship History" (PDF). www.portlandpilots.com. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. "University of Portland - All-Time Records and Awards 1.27.17". www.portlandpilots.com. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. https://portlandpilots.com/news/2018/11/25/volleyball-the-pilots-enter-postseason-for-first-time-play-northern-colorado-on-thursday.aspx
  6. NCAA Website "A very gracious man" September 29, 2003 by Beth Rosenburg