Miss Porter’s School provides a unique sporting environment where student athletes can maximize their potential. We challenge our athletes to embrace success and failure, choose persistence over perfection, set goals fearlessly and chase them, amplify their voices, and lead lives dedicated to fitness and well-being.

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What It Means to Be a Porter’s Athlete
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meet the athletic office

To meet our coaches, click on team-specific pages above

Avi Dubnov

Director of Athletics; Head Coach, Varsity Soccer

Brittany Gustafson

Certified Athletic Trainer for Select Physical Therapy

Vanessa Moors

House Director, Athletic Office Assistant

Taylor Moreau

Assistant to the Athletic Director, Head Lacrosse Coach, Field Hockey Coach & Dorm Affiliate

Katie Riccobon

Aquatics Director, Director of Risk Management
Head Coach, Swimming

Athletics Facilities

Athletics codes of conduct

It is the ‘soft stuff’ (communication, values, culture) that delivers the ‘hard stuff’ (wins, championships, trophies).


Upon selection to our athletic community, a player is expected to participate in all activities of their team (training, matches, service, and other team related activities). Players should be committed to improving as athletes and as people and should take participation within the program seriously. Miss Porter’s School student-athletes are required to:

  • Represent Porter’s as a leader and model citizen at all times, including
    on and off the field, around campus, and in the greater community
    and world.
  • Possess and maintain a positive and NO QUIT attitude.
  • Exemplify and demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship at all times.
  • Reflect respect for all authority figures, including coaches, trainers, referees, administrators, and families.
  • Attend ALL training sessions and games.
  • Arrive early to training sessions and to game days. “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late!”
  • Begin team practice and game warm up with dynamic movements and technical training. The coach will specify.
  • Bring water, appropriate footwear/clothing, and train hard in each and
    every practice and match.
  • Engage in individual training, coordinated in advance with the coach for proper planning purposes.
  • Give coaches prior notice and get their permission if you must miss a practice or game.
  • Approach a coach with any personal sport specific related problems. The
    coaches are there to help you. If you don’t understand something the coach does or says, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
  • Be present at every training session and match even when injured. The only exceptions are events that may conflict with physical therapy or doctor visits pertaining to the injury. This must be cleared with the coach prior to the conflict.
  • Watch your sport live in person or on TV. Watch your sport and study how it is played at the highest level.
  • Focus on school. No matter how talented, enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate you are about your sport, your education must come first.


Having supportive family members is essential to the individual player and school’s success in athletics. Miss Porter’s School recognizes and values the amount of work and commitment from families that goes into a dedicated student-athlete’s development. Continue to supply plenty of love, recognition, support, and encouragement. This allows your child to be confident, enjoy their sport, and perform better in training and matches. Support your child unconditionally; do not withdraw love when your child performs poorly. With that in mind we ask you to help us reach your child’s full potential:

  • Have a positive, nurturing influence on your child’s development, and conduct yourself in a professional, courteous manner.
  • Respect the coach and referee’s decisions.
  • Encourage your child to talk with the coaches and to take responsibility for playing difficulties, missing matches, and sportsmanship issues.
  • NEVER confront the coach with emotional issues in front of players or directly before or after a match or training session.
  • NEVER coach from the sidelines or give instructions. Only provide encouragement. “Coaches coach, players play, and families cheer.”
  • NEVER criticize players of Miss Porter’s School or their opponents.
  • Enjoy the experience and take an active part in your child’s development.


Being a Miss Porter’s School coach is an honor within the community. The standard of excellence expected inside the classroom applies to our athletic program as well. A Miss Porter’s coach or trainer is expected to:

  • Represent Miss Porter’s School in a positive, professional manner.
  • Develop players to the best of their abilities.
  • Be honest and truthful when communicating with players and families (on a regular basis) with respect to performance, playing time, and changes to the training/match schedule.
  • Keep winning and losing in perspective. Winning is an attitude we encourage, but won’t tolerate winning at all costs.
  • Serve as a role model to your team. Prevent any foul, abusive, or profane language on or around the practice field before, during, and/or after a game.
  • Develop positive life qualities (discipline, teamwork, etc.) in players.
  • Be early and give yourself enough time to organize your training session. We suggest arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of practice.
  • Arrive an hour in advance of a match to organize your team warm-up prior to your pre-game meeting.
  • Develop lesson plans and provide match analysis.
  • Conduct 4+ training session per week during season.
  • Attend coaches meetings, clinics, and 1:1 meetings established by the
    Athletic Department.
  • Make yourself available to families and players to provide feedback and
    answer team related questions.
  • Take total responsibility for the actions of players on the field.
  • Understand the health, safety, and wellness needs of your athletes by
    maintaining regular communication with the Co-Directors of Athletics
    and the Head Athletic Trainer.
  • Seek support and direction from the Athletic Department as needed.

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Fall Winter Spring
Interscholastic Teams Cross Country
Field Hockey
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field
Team Credit Offerings Dance Workshop
Theater Tech
Team Manager
Dance Workshop
Theater Tech
Team Manager
Dance Workshop
Theater Tech
Team Manager
Activities Art Enrichment
Community Service
Driver's Ed.
Music Enrichment
Serious Fitness
Startup Lab
Art Enrichment
Community Service
Serious Fitness
Startup Lab
Winter Running
Art Enrichment
Community Service
Music Enrichment
Rock Climbing
Serious Fitness
Startup Lab

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