OPRFHS hires new head boys lacrosse coach

OPRFHS hires new head boys lacrosse coach

The District 200 Board of Education has approved the hiring of Justin Porter as head coach of the boys lacrosse team, beginning with the 2023 season. Porter replaces Rocco Chierici, who first took over the program in 2015.

“I’m looking forward to putting OPRFHS boys lacrosse on the map,” Porter said of joining the Huskie family. “We have a lot of raw athletes and now is the time to turn them into lacrosse players.”

Porter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, as both a player and as a coach, to OPRFHS. At Hobart College, an NCAA Division I school for lacrosse, Porter lettered all four years as a student-athlete and made an appearance in the 2003-2004 NCAA tournament. He is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands men’s national lacrosse team, which will not interfere with his coaching duties at OPRFHS.

Porter’s coaching background includes stints in youth leagues in Manchester, England; assistant varsity and head varsity roles at Glenbard South High School and Evanston Township High School, respectively; and most recently, the assistant coach role at his alma mater Hobart College. Of his coaching philosophy, Porter says he believes tough love is real love.

“I'm a hard coach who expects discipline, effort, and respect,” he said. “It may take some time for the team to adjust to the level of expectations I have for them on the playing field. But we will get it, and we will be good!”

Athletic Director Nicole Ebsen noted it was Porter’s knowledge and experience that made him the top candidate. ”I am looking forward to seeing how Coach Porter can assist in moving our program forward,” she said. “I have no doubt that we will see great things happening for our boys lacrosse program under his leadership.”