Athletics Hall of Fame
Pam (Gildersleeve) Porter
|SPORT(S)||Field Hockey, Softball|
|PLAYED AT BSU||1981-1985|
Pam Porter was a local product who brought her talent to BSU to pursue her education. Pam received her Bachelor?s degree in mathematics from BSU in 1985, and her Masters in education in 1993. Pam was a four-year starter on the women?s field hockey team, leading the team in scoring her final three years. During her senior season, Pam was elected team captain and named MVP. Pam led her teams to 86 victories and she amassed 171 points, making her the leading scorer in field hockey history. She also made the regional All-Star team in her junior and senior years and was a member of the BSU WIM (Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota) Conference championship team for three years. Pam also played fast-pitch softball as a catcher for three years. She was named captain in her junior year. Pam was named to the BSU Women?s Athletics All 30th Anniversary Team in 2000. Pam went right into teaching after her playing days, where she coached varsity volleyball, junior high basketball and junior varsity fast pitch softball at Grand Rapids High School for three years before moving to Big Fork High School where she continues to teach math and coach. There she led the women?s basketball team to a 77-38 record, winning the conference championship in 1991, coming in second in 1990 and achieving the status of Region 7A Tournament runner-ups in 1993. She also was the varsity volleyball coach from 1988-2004 and led the team to 202 victories. She was recognized by the Minnesota High School League Coaches Association as volleyball coach of 24 All-State Academic volleyball players who obtained a grade point average of 3.8 or better. Pam also assisted the athletic director for the past 2 years as the game manager. Pam?s academic focus is in math, and she has lead the high school math department since 1987. She is also a member of the district?s curriculum and technology committees, a member of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Math and the National Council of Teachers of Math. She was selected as the Minnesota High School Math Coach of the Year in 1991. Pam is a booster for the Big Fork Athletic Booster Club. She also has taught Sunday school and has been a choir member. She has coached little league baseball, and also participates on softball teams, not only locally but nationally and made the all-tournament team at the national tournament. Pam has two sons, Phelan and Keegan, and lives in Effie, Minnesota.