Porter inducted into Duncan High School Hall of Fame
May 17, 2007
DUNCAN, Okla. - Tricia Porter, director of women's basketball operations at TCU, will be inducted into the Duncan (Okla.) High School Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
Porter, who is entering her fourth season on the TCU coaching staff, starred for the Lady Frogs from 1998 to 2003 after graduating from Duncan High School in 1998.
"It is obviously a great honor to be surrounded by such great people in the Duncan High School Hall of Fame," Porter said. "It is quite an honor to be respected by the great people at Duncan High School and in the Duncan community."
While at Duncan High School, Porter was a four-year letterwinner in both basketball and tennis. She was named all-state in both sports.
In basketball, Porter was a three-time all-conference and all-area honoree, who averaged 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in her prep career. Porter connected on 55.1 percent of her three-point tries and 55.6 percent of her field-goal attempts. She was also tabbed a Player of the Year twice and named to the state all-tournament team on two occasions.
In tennis, Porter was a two-time Oklahoma state champion and a three-time all-region performer.
Porter joined the TCU coaching staff in June 9, 2004 and is the first former player of head coach Jeff Mittie to later join his staff. Since her arrival to the coaching staff, the Lady Frogs have combined for a 63-33 record (.656 winning percentage) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season.
Porter, whose last name was Payne prior to marrying fiancé Tyler in August 2003, is TCU's all-time leader in free-throw percentage (83.0) and ranks sixth in school history with 1,178 career points. She is one of nine players in TCU history to eclipse 1,000 points. She also ranks among the top 10 in career games played, games started, field goals, field goal attempts, threes made, threes attempted, three-point field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted and assists.
Porter suffered a torn ACL prior to her senior season and redshirted before becoming the fifth 1,000-point scorer in school history Dec. 28, 2002, in a 70-53 victory against Vanderbilt.
After earning her Bachelor of Business Administration from TCU in August 2002 and her Master of Liberal Arts the following summer, Porter became the women's basketball head coach at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas. In her only year with the program, she led the team to the playoffs for the first time in five years and finished as the runner-up for District Coach of the Year honors. Porter was responsible for all phases of the program, from budgeting and scheduling to coaching and tournament management.
Porter accumulated a number of honors as a Lady Frog. She helped the Purple and White earn its first bid to the NCAA Championship in 2001, the same season she led TCU to its first conference tournament crown. Porter was subsequently named the Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP after tallying 26 points against Hawai'i in the title game. She also was named TCU's Player of the Year in 2002 and earned the Janice Dziuk Award in 2003.
No stranger to success in the classroom, Porter was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2003 for maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average. She also snagged a Commissioner's Academic Medal the same year for attaining at least a 3.75 GPA for the academic year. Porter earned the team's Academic Award in 2003 as well.
Tyler, a high school baseball coach and TCU grad, and Tricia reside in Fort Worth.