Chal Port

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Chal Port
Sport(s) College baseball
Biographical details
Born August 9, 1931
Mifflintown, PA
Died August 20, 2011(2011-08-20) (aged 80)
Charleston, SC
Playing career
1954, 1956 Eau Claire Braves
North Carolina (baseball and football)
Position(s) pitcher
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965–91 The Citadel
Head coaching record
Overall 641–386–2
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1990 Atlantic Regional
SoCon Regular Season: 1971, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991
SoCon Tournament: 1990
Awards
1990 The Sporting News National Coach of the Year
South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame
Southern Conference Coach of the Year

Chalmers "Chal" Port (August 9, 1931 – August 20, 2011) was a college baseball coach at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Most famous for leading Bulldogs to the 1990 College World Series, Port coached for 27 seasons garnering a 641–386–2 record.[1] His win total was only surpassed in 2010 by successor Fred Jordan, who played for Port.

Playing career[edit]

Port played football and baseball at the University of North Carolina prior to a brief minor league career.

Coaching career[edit]

Plaque honoring Chal Port outside the Bulldog clubhouse at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park

In his 27 seasons at The Citadel, Port led the Bulldogs to five NCAA Division I Baseball Championship appearances and graduated all but two players he coached.[2]

1990 College World Series season[edit]

In his second to last season, Port led the 1990 The Citadel Bulldogs baseball team in a dominant season, claiming the Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships, the nation's longest winning streak of 26 games, and the school's first appearance in the College World Series. Sweeping through the SoCon Tournament and the Atlantic Regional in Coral Gables, FL, the Bulldogs defeated national power Miami (FL) on its home field twice to advance to Omaha. Following an opening round loss to LSU, the Bulldogs defeated Cal State Fullerton in extra innings. The Citadel was eliminated by LSU in its third game in Omaha. The Bulldogs were ranked sixth in the Collegiate Baseball final poll.[3] Following the season, Port was named Sporting News National Baseball Coach of the Year.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
The Citadel Bulldogs (Southern Conference) (1965–1991)
1965 The Citadel 12–12 9–7 5th
1966 The Citadel 8–16 3–9 8th
1967 The Citadel 9–16 6–9 7th
1968 The Citadel 16–10 4–5 6th
1969 The Citadel 18–10 10–6 2nd South
1970 The Citadel 15–12–1 6–8–1 3rd South
1971 The Citadel 22–9 11–5 T–1st
1972 The Citadel 17–13 9–7 4th
1973 The Citadel 16–14 8–5 3rd
1974 The Citadel 17–11 7–7 4th
1975 The Citadel 21–9 11–3 1st Regionals
1976 The Citadel 18–9 7–4 3rd
1977 The Citadel 21–11 10–4 3rd
1978 The Citadel 30–9 9–5 3rd
1979 The Citadel 27–15 13–3 1st Regionals
1980 The Citadel 23–14 9–6 5th
1981 The Citadel 31–13 11–5 4th
1982 The Citadel 40–8 14–2 1st Regionals
1983 The Citadel 34–10 12–2 1st Regionals
1984 The Citadel 26–21 12–5 2nd South
1985 The Citadel 29–20 8–10 3rd South
1986 The Citadel 29–20 9–9 3rd South
1987 The Citadel 19–31 6–12 3rd South
1988 The Citadel 33–20 12–6 2nd South
1989 The Citadel 30–20 8–9 5th
1990 The Citadel 46–14 13–1 1st College World Series
1991 The Citadel 34–19–1 16–2 1st
Total: 641–386–2

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legendary Baseball Coach Chal Port Passes". citadelsports.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  2. ^ "One-on-One with Chal Port". Post and Courier. June 25, 2006. p. 2C. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "1990 NCAA Div I Final Poll". Collegiate Baseball. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Port Wins National Award". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. June 13, 1990. p. D2. Retrieved June 6, 2012.