Associate Head Coach
George Porcha enters his fourth season as associate head coach and fifth overall on the Mountaineer women’s basketball coaching staff. He served as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season.
Porcha was a part of WVU’s fourth consecutive NCAA appearance in the 2012-13 season. Closing out its inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference with a 17-14 overall record and a 9-9 mark in league play, WVU landed a No. 6 seed in its first-ever Big 12 Conference Tournament. Four Mountaineers added all-conference honors to their names as Christal Caldwell earned first team, Ayana Dunning closed out her career with an honorable mention accolade, Jess Harlee was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and Bria Holmes landed a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
In its inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference, WVU faced eight opponents, four twice, ranked in the top-50 RPI, defeating back-to-back top-25 Associated Press ranked teams en route to three total wins over ranked opponents, recorded seven road wins and trailed by 10 or more in three games, in which the Mountaineers rallied for a comeback win. Off the court, six Mountaineers were honored by the conference on the Academic All-Big 12 team, the most players of any team to earn the honor.
In 2011-12, Porcha helped a young WVU squad to its third consecutive NCAA tournament and fourth in the last five seasons. The Mountaineers closed out the 2011-12 season in a tie for fourth place and earned a bye in the BIG EAST Championship.
For the first time in program history, WVU defeated three-straight top 25 teams, including the highest ranked opponent in program history as the Mountaineers took a 65-63 victory from No. 2 Notre Dame in front of a sold out crowd on national television. The win was WVU’s first ever in Notre Dame, Ind.
Three players earned all-conference honors as junior Asya Bussie, the 15th player in WVU history to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, was named first team All-BIG EAST, sophomore Christal Caldwell earned All-BIG EAST honorable mention and Linda Stepney was named to the All-BIG EAST freshman team.
In his second season as associate head coach, the Mountaineers experienced success from the start of the 2010-11 season as WVU earned its highest-ever preseason ranking in the Associated Press poll at No. 11 with seniors Liz Repella and Sarah Miles earning all-BIG EAST preseason honors. The season opened on a 19-0 win streak, the best start to a season in program history, and the Mountaineers moved up to the highest-ever ranking in program history at No. 6 in the polls, staying there for four-straight weeks. The Mountaineers’ scoring defense ranked No. 1 nationally for five-straight weeks and stayed within the top-10 nationwide for the entire season. WVU was led by five seniors, who amassed the most wins in two seasons in program history with a 53-15 mark. Within the senior class was all-BIG EAST first team honoree Liz Repella and second team member Madina Ali.
In 2009-10, Porcha played a vital role in helping the Mountaineers to a school-record 29 wins, 13 BIG EAST victories, runners-up at the BIG EAST Championship, the highest national rankings in program history and the NCAA tournament’s second round. He was crucial in the development of center Asya Bussie, who garnered unanimous all-BIG EAST freshman team honors. Three other Mountaineers earned all-league honors under his tutelage, including all-BIG EAST first team recipient Repella, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Miles and all-BIG EAST honorable mention Korinne Campbell.
Porcha assisted in WVU’s 2008-09 WNIT second round appearance and was instrumental in the day-to-day coaching of the team, including the post players. He helped Repella and Takisha Granberry earn all-BIG EAST second team honors and assisted in Miles obtaining the BIG EAST Most Improved Player Award.
Porcha was hired at WVU in September 2008 and came to WVU from Virginia Tech where he spent one season with the Hokies in 2007-08.
Prior to his stint at Tech, Porcha, a Spring Valley, N.Y., native, spent 2004-07 at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Va., where he served as head varsity girls basketball coach. While at T.C. Williams, Porcha led the team in 2006 to a second-place finish in the Northern Region and to the Virginia State Elite Eight tournament.
He guided the squad to an undefeated Patriot District Championship and was named the District Coach of the Year for his efforts. Porcha's 2007 squad also captured the Patriot District title. Several of his players at T.C. Williams later played at the collegiate level. Academically, Porcha served as a special education teacher for two years and was the assistant athletic director in 2007.
Prior to T.C. Williams, he was the head varsity girls coach at Washington-Lee High in Arlington, Va., for five years, leading his team to the regional playoffs each year while compiling a 62-43 record. He was named the 2001 National District Coach of the Year and coached seven players who went on to college playing careers. Porcha's teams compiled an average GPA of 3.2 during his tenure. He also served as head junior varsity girls’ coach (1997-1999), head freshman girls’ coach (1995-1997), varsity track assistant coach (1995-1999) and varsity football coach (1995-1999).
Porcha also has a wealth of AAU coaching experience where he has coached 20 players who received Division I scholarships. He worked in the Boo Williams Summer League in Hampton,Va., for three years. His 2005 and 2006 teams were the Boo Williams NIKE Elite tournament champions with his 2007 team finishing second. Porcha also guided his team to the End of the Trails NIKE Elite tournament championship in 2005 and a runner-up finish in 2006. His team captured the Virginia state championship in 2006 and 2007.
Additionally, he attended the Villa 7 Consortium in May, 2010, in Beaverton, Ore., which comprised the most-talented group of men’s and women’s basketball assistant coaches from college basketball’s most storied programs and focused on the next generation of rising head coaches. Participants were exposed to a variety of topics designed to help familiarize coaches with the on-and-off the court challenges they may not be familiar with.
Porcha has also served as a camp counselor at several universities including Virginia Commonwealth (2005), Richmond (2003-05), UNC Greensboro (2002) and Virginia (2000-01), as well as being the Camp Facilitator at the T.C. Williams Camp for four summers.
Porcha earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Haven in 1995. While at New Haven, he played safety on the football team. He garnered his master’s degree in education from George Mason in 2006.
Porcha, and his wife Robyn, have three sons: George Jr., Jalen and Quincy.