Portland Christian hires former Louisville center Terrance Farley as boys basketball coach

Former University of Louisville center Terrance Farley was introduced as the newest Portland Christian boys basketball coach Monday afternoon.

Farley replaces Jared Slaughter, who finished 13-16 in his lone season with the Eagles.

Standing 6-foot-10, Farley's presence loomed large on the court. A star at PRP, Farley led the Panthers to the state quarterfinals his senior year after blocking a school-record 133 shots. Farley quickly made a name for himself with the Cardinals as a defensive specialist and was a part of the 2005 Final Four squad. No stranger to winning, Farley hopes to build a winning tradition at Portland Christian.

"The one thing I want to bring to you guys is a culture," Farley said during his introductory Facebook live conference. "A culture that's so special anyone will want to be around. ... I want to make [Portland Christian] somewhat of a powerhouse."

Louisville's Terrance Farley was fouled by DePaul's Marion Brumfield on a dunk. Feb. 22, 2006.
Louisville's Terrance Farley was fouled by DePaul's Marion Brumfield on a dunk. Feb. 22, 2006.

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Farley is preaching strong defense, a staple of his play, and he believes Portland Christian could be a team on the rise.

"I want to start it by building any kind of intensity on the defensive end because that's the way I learned, as well," Farley said. "You can definitely anticipate a lot of intensity from me. I coach with a fire and I bring a family atmosphere to that, as well.

Farley played for the Cardinals from 2004-2008 before embarking on a professional basketball career overseas. He is the third member of the 2005 U of L Final Four team to join the Louisville high school basketball scene this offseason alongside former teammates Ellis Myles and Perrin Johnson, who are at Fern Creek.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: KHSAA basketball: Portland Christian hires Terrance Farley as coach