Avi Dubnov came to Miss Porter's School in 2013 as the Head Varsity Soccer Coach. The 2016 & 2018 seasons are currently the most successful in Porter's soccer history as the team won the Founders league and WWNEPSSA Class B regular-season title. In his time with the program, Avi has been awarded the WWNEPSSA Coach of the Year and the NSCAA Coach of the year. In just six seasons the school has celebrated 1 All-American, 2 All-New England and 15 All-State player awards.
Avi holds his USSF National 'A' License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Along with Miss Porter's, he is a staff member for the girls US Youth Soccer National training centers and a Head Coach of the FSA FC United ECNL team. Avi has been a head coach for the CT Olympic Development Program and has been on the state staff to teach USSF Licenses to coaches in New England. Previously, Avi has been an assistant coach for the Men's Soccer team at Trinity College, Men's Soccer team at Central Connecticut State University and on the Region 1 youth soccer staff.
Avi is the co-Director of Athletics and lives on campus with his wife Amber and daughter Darcie.
Hur-shiu Webb came to Porter's to teach mathematics in 2015 and joined the athletic coaching team in 2016 as an assistant coach for Cross Country. Before coming to Porter's, she was assistant coach for Cross Country and Track at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas where she coached with world-renowned philanthropist and running coach, Gilbert Tuhabonye. She has run four marathons and over 20 half marathons. She has a passion for long-distance running which she discovered well after college, and she loves sharing that passion with runners of all ages and abilities.
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Mrs. Katie Riccobon
Aquatics Director, Director of Risk Management Head Coach, Swimming
Katie Riccobon is in her fourth year as coach of Porter's varsity swim team. Ms. Riccobon attended Saint Joseph College (West Hartford, Conn.), where she was a member of the swim team from 1994 to 1998. During her tenure, she was named Most Valuable Swimmer and Greater Northeast Athletic Conference Swimming Championship Finalist, and placed in the top 24 at the New England Swimming Championships four years in a row. Ms. Riccobon finished her career at Saint Joseph College with school records in the 50, 100 and 200 Butterfly; 200 and 1,000 Freestyle; 200 Backstroke; and 100, 200 and 400 Individual Medley. She was the recipient of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award (1994-1995) and the Saint Joseph College Athletics Senior Scholar Athlete Award (1998). In 2009, she was honored with the Saint Joseph College Alumnae Women In Sports Award.
Ms. Riccobon brings to Porter's a wealth of USA Swimming experience as a former member of three USA Swimming Teams: Lake Oswego Swim Club (Oregon), Jersey Wahoos (New Jersey) and the New England Barracudas (Boston). She has been coaching USA Swimmers since 1998 and in 2007, she founded a USA Swim Team, the West Hartford Aquatic Team. Ms. Riccobon has developed many of her swimmers into Connecticut Swimming Regional, Age Group and Eastern Zone qualifiers, and is a USA Swimming-certified coach and certified Level 1 coach from the American Swimming Coaches Association. Porter's has already benefitted from Ms. Riccoban's experience in her first year as coach, when the swim team had Founders League Champions in the 200 Free and 500 Free.
Coach Lucas has over 50 years of skiing and racing experience across the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe as a U.S.S.A. junior racer, U.S.S.A. master racer, and for fun. Coming from a skiing and alpine racing family (Dad was a lifetime National Ski Patrolman and Mom was a Ski School Instructor at Okemo Mtn. in Vermont. Brother Ken is a former U.S.S.A. Telemark Team member, extreme skier competitor and the innovator of Back Country Kite Skiing), Coach Lucas's passion for skiing and racing is second to none. Coach Lucas has previously worked at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT., Okemo Mountain in Vermont, and Innsbruck, Austria as a Ski Instructor. Formerly Ski Sundown's Race Director, Ski School Supervisor, Rossignol Ski Ambassador and Special Olympics Alpine Race Coach. Currently, Coach Lucas is a Level 2 P.S.I.A. Ski Instructor and Level 1 U.S.S.A. Race Coach working full-time at Ski Sundown teaching novices through experts modern techniques to assist them in achieving the skills necessary to accomplish their skiing and racing goals. Coach Lucas also works with the Sundown Race Crew and is a Race Coach for the Junior Race Development Program training young racers. As a Certified Executive Chef and former chef/owner of two restaurants, Coach Lucas is a member of the U.S. Chef's Ski Club and is a multiple winner of the Jacques Pepin Race Trophy competing throughout the United States and Europe.
Noah Clarke is entering his first year coaching at Miss Porter's School. From his years playing with family and friends, he finds the golf course to be a wonderful place to develop the habits of mind Miss Porter's students practice in the classroom and dormitories: critical thinking, empathy, and resilience. As the golfing great Bobby Jones put it: “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears.” The mental preparation and grit required to deal with the inevitable ups and downs that golf throws at a player make it one of the most demanding and rewarding games humans have ever dreamed up. Clarke looks forward to collaborating with students to prepare for how to deal with those ups and downs.
Robin Neschke is in her second year as head coach of the Miss Porter's varsity crew team. Robin has developed a comprehensive year round program for the rowers at Porter's generating a new fall rowing program to help build the fundamentals and endurance necessary for success. Robin is a graduate of Trinity College, where she was a four year member, and two year captain of Trinity's rowing team. In that time she was recognized as a First Team All-American, and a three time All-NESCAC recipient.