Porter Joins Centennial Conference Staff

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LANCASTER, Pa. Former Gettysburg College basketball standout Jessica Porter '16 has returned to the Centennial Conference as Assistant to the Executive Director according to an announcement by the league office. 

Porter's position was made possible by the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant. The highly desired and prestigious grant provides funding for entry-level administrative positions at Division III institutions and conference offices to encourage access, recruitment, selection and the long-term success of ethnic minorities and women. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Jessica back to the Centennial," said Executive Director Steve Ulrich. "Out of the numerous applications we received and candidates we spoke with, her background, skill set and enthusiasm made her a perfect fit for the position. Jessica will be an asset to the Conference and we are fortunate to have her on our team." 

Porter was a three-time all-conference selection on the basketball court for the Bullets, earning second-team status in 2013 and first-team accolades in her final two campaigns. She was named the CC Rookie of the Year in 2013 and D3hoops.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team in 2015.

Porter helped lead Gettysburg to its first Centennial title and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship in 2012-13. The Narberth, Pa., native and Lower Merion High School grad posted 1,185 career points at Gettysburg, which puts her eighth in program history. She averaged 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks during her career.
"I am extremely excited to come back and work for the Centennial Conference," said Porter. "I have such an appreciation for the Centennial Conference for allowing me to develop my athletic, academic, and leadership abilities. I look forward to using this enthusiasm to enhance the college experience for others."
Her contributions to the community extended well past the confines of Bream Gym. At the end of her senior year, she was picked for the Centennial Conference Individual Sportsmanship Award as voted by the conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Porter worked to establish the Green Dot Program on the Gettysburg campus in an effort to prevent sexual assault and promote a safe community. She also served as Philanthropy and Community Service Chair for Chi Omega and she joined the women's basketball team in a number of community fundraisers.
In the classroom, Porter graduated cum laude with dual degrees in organization and management studies and religious studies while minoring in business. She was a member of the national pre-legal and business honor society, Pi Lamda Sigma, and she was a three-time member of the CC Academic Honor Roll.
Following graduation, Porter travelled to Dublin, Ireland, as a Victory Scholar through Sport Changes Life. She earned her master's degree in marketing at Trinity College Dublin, while also playing semi-professional basketball with the Meteors club team in Ireland's Women's Premiere League. Porter also volunteered as a basketball coach for youth in underprivileged communities.
 
"My long-term goal is to become an athletic director for a college or university," said Porter. "This Centennial Conference position will provide me with the knowledge, mentorship, and atmosphere for which I am searching."