Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 57

MUTH
Rene
R
ene Muth Portland came to Immaculata College
from Villa Maria Academy and helped lead
the Mighty Macs to all three of their national
championships. She won three Outstanding College
Athlete of America Awards and a New York Press
All-American Citation. After earning her degree from
Immaculata in 1975, she stayed at the college for
a year as an assistant to her coach, Cathy Rush.
Portland then coached for two years at St. Joseph’s
University and for two years at the University
of Colorado. Penn State’s Joe Paterno took
notice of her commitment to women’s athletics
and hired her to coach the Lady Lions, the
university’s women’s basketball team. Portland
held this position for 27 years, helping the team
gain their first No. 1 ranking in 1991 and their
first appearance at the Final Four in 2000.
She was twice named Coach of the Year by the
Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA),
and was twice named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
In 2007, she won her 600th career victory.
Portland is married to John Portland,
and they have four children.
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