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Portland Pilots
University University of Portland
Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Larry Williams
Location Portland, OR
Varsity teams 14
Basketball arena Chiles Center
Baseball stadium Joe Etzel Field
Soccer stadium Merlo Field
Mascot Wally Pilot
Nickname Pilots
Fight song "University of Portland Victory March 1984"
Colors Purple and White



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's Division I level. They are best known for the success of their women's soccer team.



The Pilot's 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 2003, when he died. He was then replaced by the current coach Bill Irwin. The women's soccer team won national championships in 2002 and 2005, and were lead by a slew of national-level players (see Notable Alumni Athletes section).

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, has won 31 straight West Coast Conference championships. The men's team has finished amongst the top 10 at the NCAA championships four times in its history. In 2008, the Pilots finished 7th, which is the highest they have ever placed. They also finished 7th in 2001. Also in 2008, David Kinsella finished 4th overall, the highest any Pilot has ever placed individually at the national championships.

UP used to have a football team as well, but is was dropped in 1950 due to a lack of funding.


The Pilots have fourteen men's and women's varsity level teams, but there are also numerous club level teams.



  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball


  • Crew
  • Men's and Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Men's and Women's Water Polo
  • Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee

National championships

  • Women's Soccer (2002, 2005)

Conference championships

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

  • Men's Basketball ( WCC Tournament Champions: 1996)
  • Men's Cross Country (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979)
  • Men's Golf (1993, 1985)
  • Men's Soccer (2002, 1995, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988)
  • Women's Basketball ( WCC Tournament Champions: 1994; Regular Season Champions: 1996, 1997)
  • Women's Cross County (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1989, 1988, 1987)
  • Women's Soccer (2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1992)


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.[1] 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.

Notable alumni athletes

See also


  1. ^ NCAA Website "A very gracious man" Sep 29, 2003 by Beth Rosenburg

External links


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