Portland State women's basketball coach Sherri Murrell was honored on May 30 with a Leadership Award at the Equity Foundation's 1st Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon at the Portland Art Museum's Sunken Ballroom.
Murrell, who just completed her fifth season as the Vikings' Head Coach, received the Leadership Award for her courage and leadership as the only openly gay Division I Women's Basketball Coach in the U.S.
Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts was the other honoree, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award "for her tireless and steadfast activism as an Ally to Oregon's LGBT community."
Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of the Equity Foundation said, "… we are honoring both Governor Roberts and Coach Murrell – they epitomize the strength and perseverance needed to lead the charge for equality in Oregon, and everywhere.”
"I am deeply honored to accept such an award from the equity foundation," said Murrell, who addressed the luncheon attendees. "It was special to be alongside Governor Barbara Roberts, who is a true pioneer and role model for human rights."
During her career at Portland State, Murrell has led the Vikings to unprecedented success at the Division I level, including a 98-60 record, 53-27 in the Big Sky Conference. She led the Vikings to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, PSU's first-ever trip to the NCAAs as a Division I program. Murrell also guided the Vikings to the 2009 and 2011 WNIT tournaments and was the 2010-11 Big Sky Coach of the Year.
The press release from the Equity Foundation.