Ellen Port was named the second women's golf coach in Washington University in St. Louis program history on August 10, 2015.
In her first season at WashU, coach Port helped three Bears earn Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division III Region3/Central Region Team honors. In her rookie season, Chloe DiPetrillo earned the honor while teammates Jessica Wibawa and Connie Zhou earned First Team recognition as well for their second and fourth consecutive seasons.
The University Athletic Association (UAA) also honored five of Port's pupils. DiPetrillo, Wibawa and Zhou were joined by Hanna Jia and Erin Drolet. DiPetrillo was the lone first team selection, while Jia, Wibawa and Zhou were second team selections. Drolet was recognized with an honorable mention.
The 2016 Bears team finished 12th of 136 women's golf programs with an adjusted scoring average of 79.47.
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 is a nine-time Missouri Amateur and 14-time St. Louis Metropolitan champion. 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. 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.