Avi Dubnov is entering into his fourth season as the Miss Porter's Head Varsity Soccer Coach. In his time with the program he has been awarded with the 2014 WWNEPSSA Coach of the Year and the NSCAA 2015 Coach of the year. 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 is the Head Coach of the FSA FC United GU14 ECNL team. Avi has been a head coach for the CT Olympic Development Program for the past 7 years and is on the state staff to teach USSF Licenses to coaches in New England. for the past 3 years Avi has been a coach for Region 1 Boys. Previously, Avi has been an assistant coach for the Men's Soccer team at Trinity College and for the Men's Soccer team at Central Connecticut State University.
Sarah Bouckoms joined the Porter's Equestrian Program in 2013. Sarah has received her C2 in pony club and has been riding for 14 years. At the University of Connecticut she was the member of the vaulting team. Sarah believes strongly in teamwork and in having her riders build strong connections with their horses. Sarah received her B.A. at the University of Connecticut and her M.Sc and PCAS from the Canterbury University. In addition to being the Director of Equestrian, Sarah also teaches physics, astronomy, climate change and was the recipient of the Class of 1959 Fund for a Career in the Classroom.
Aquatics Director, Facilities Coordinator 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.
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.
Melanie Joseph is one of Porter’s most decorated coaches. With over 100 career wins, Coach Joseph has been a part of the Porter’s softball program for over 15 years. As the head varsity coach, she has gone to the Western New England Prep School Girls Softball Association championship tournament five times, including three consecutive championships in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Coach Joseph secured her 100th career win with a victory over Greenwich Academy on May 1, 2010. While at Post University, Coach Joseph was an outfielder for the school’s softball team, elected captain her sophomore year, and earned National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) All-American Scholar-Athlete recognition.
Cristina Walters was born and trained in her native country of Brazil. She climbed up the junior ranks before moving to the U.S. in the early '90s. She has been teaching tennis in the greater Hartford area for 20 years. Christina has worked at several tennis clubs in the region, training a wide range of ages and skill levels. She was the head coach for the University of Hartford's men's and women's Division 1 tennis teams and currently coaches USTA teams. She has spent the past 20 years at the golf Club of Avon, first working as an assistant pro before taking the reins of the head pro position 8 years ago. Cristina continues to develop her teaching and playing abilities.
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