Ellen Port was the second women's golf coach in Washington University in St. Louis program history and served from August 2015 – July 2018.
In three years of service, coach Port helped guide the Bears to an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championship, a top-five individual finish at the 2017 National Championships, multiple All-America honors, several All-Region accolades and 11 all-University Athletic Association (UAA) recognitions.
WashU tied for 10th place at the 2018 national championships, led by two-time All-American Samantha Haubenstock's 15th place finish. The Bears totaled a four-round score of 1,312 (333, 332, 320, 327) in route to the fifth top-10 finish in program history. Port also helped lead Haubenstock to a fifth place finish at the 2017 national championships during her freshman season on the Danforth Campus.
In her first season at WashU, coach Port helped three Bears earn Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) 2016 Division III Region3/Central Region Team honors. Port led four Bears to WGCA Division III Region3/Central Region Team honors in each of her final two seasons at the helm, and was named the Central Region Coach of the Year in 2017 by the WGCA.
The University Athletic Association (UAA) also five of Port's pupils in her first campaign. She had four student-athletes recognized in her second season and two more during her third season. Haubenstock and Chloe DiPetrillo were honored as First Team selections during Port’s time on the Danforth Campus, including a UAA player of the Year honor by Haubenstock in 2017.
The 2016 Bears team finished 12th of 136 women's golf programs with an adjusted scoring average of 79.47. The 2017 Bears team finished 14th of 137 programs with an adjusted scoring average of 79.13. The 2018 Bears team finished ninth of 175 programs with an adjusted scoring average of 78.41.
Prior to WashU, Port served on the staff of the John Burroughs School in St. Louis teaching physical education. During her tenure of 30 years at JBS, Port coached a number of sports, including boys’ and girls’ golf, which collected a combined three state championships and three runner-up finishes under her leadership.
Port also recently had the distinction of coaching the United States team in the 2014 Curtis Cup, a biennial competition between the top female amateur golfers from the United States and the United Kingdom. Under her guidance, the United States prevailed 13-7.
She has also established herself as one of the finest amateur golfers in the history of the game. She is a six-time USGA Amateur Champion and has represented the United State on the 1994 and 1996 Curtis Cup Teams.
Port won seven United States Golf Association (USGA) Senior Women’s Golf, nine Missouri Amateur and 14 St. Louis Metropolitan championships. The St. Louis Sports Commission selected her in 2000 as one of the top 100 Athletes of the Century, and in 2012 she was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame and the North Kansas City High School Hall of Fame. In 2018, she was inducted into the Missouri Golf Association Hall of Fame. Port was named to the Academy of Missouri Squires in 2016.
Port graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri in 1983.
--Updated June 6, 2018