Avi Dubnov is entering his fifth season as the Miss Porter's Head Varsity Soccer Coach. The 2016 season proved to be 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 2014 WWNEPSSA Coach of the Year and the NSCAA 2015 Coach of the year. In just four seasons the school has celebrated 1 All-American, 1 All-New England and 6 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 for the past seven years and is on the state staff to teach USSF Licenses to coaches in New England. For the past three 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 the Men's Soccer team at Central Connecticut State University.
Amy Neilson joined the Porter's community in the fall of 2012 and has been a part of both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Programs. Before coming to Porter's, she coached teams to playoffs and finals in the Interscholastic League (St. George's School, '00-'04) and more recently in the Founder's League (Kingswood Oxford School, '04-'11). She picked up the game in grade school and has loved the game ever since. Amy is passionate about teaching and coaching girls here in Farmington, and she loves having the opportunity to join the girls each afternoon out on the turf in beautiful New England weather each fall.
John Post is entering his first season as the Miss Porter's School head varsity volleyball coach. Prior to Miss Porter's, he spent six years as the head coach for the girl's varsity volleyball team at East Hampton High School and has been the head coach of the boy's varsity team at Xavier High School since 2011. In that time his teams have qualified for the CIAC state championships every season and reached 3 Final Fours. In addition to coaching high school volleyball, John has coached USA Volleyball club teams for Mizuno East Volleyball Club and Husky Volleyball Club. His teams have qualified for the USAV Junior National Championships 7 times, with the MEVBC U18 boys' team winning the national title in 2017. John was an All-State volleyball player at Xavier High School before playing four years at East Stroudsburg University, where he served as team captain for the 2008 season.
Head badminton coach Alan Weathers is privileged to have known a number of the school's badminton coaches in the team's long and illustrious history. When he first arrived on campus in 2001, the team was under the supervision of the late John Hale, a legendary player and coach. Perennial state champion in his own right (master's division), John led Porter's badminton to numerous state titles. After that, the team benefited from another outstanding player-coach, Mizuho Aussikker. It was under Coach Ausukker that Alan trained as Assistant Coach before stepping into the Head Coach position in the fall of 2014. Since that time, Alan has been assisted by Thanh Nguyen, one of the top adult badminton competitors in the region. Alan is proud to be associated with Porter's badminton, a team that has one of the best win-loss records in the history of Porter's athletics.
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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Co-Director of Athletics, Head Coach, Varsity Basketball
Although this is Carrie's first year as Head Varsity Basketball Coach, she is no stranger to the program. For the past four years, Carrie has served as the Assistant Coach to the varsity team. During this time she has played a vital role in changing the culture of the program, which was evident in the 2016-2017 season. The team finished 17-10 earning them a spot in the Class B New England Playoffs for the first time since 2012. Carrie is extremely excited to take on this role and is looking forward to building a basketball program centered around teamwork, accountability, and integrity. Carrie attended Keene State College where she received her bachelors in Athletic Training. Carrie joined the Porter's community in 2011 and is currently serving as the Co-Athletic Director.
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.
Pam comes to Miss Porter's with thirteen years of experience in a broad variety of coaching settings. Originally from Zimbabwe, she was a multiple-repeat Junior and Ladies’ National Champion and captained her country in the international arena. As a college athlete, she won two National Championships at Trinity College and was a four-time All American and captain of her team.
She began her coaching career as the Head Squash Coach at Mount Holyoke College where she took the team from #24 in the nation to #11 in just four years. In 2004, she led the Lyons to an Epps Cup Championship, and in 2008 they won the Chafee Award for Sportsmanship. She has worked with US Junior National Teams, but most recently, she was the Associate Head Squash Coach for Men’s and Women’s Squash at Yale for nine years. In her tenure, Yale won two National Championships, five Ivy League Titles, and produced numerous All-Americans and CSA Scholar-Athletes.
Pam’s passion for pedagogy makes Miss. Porter’s a great fit. She found this passion while completing a Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science at Smith College. She used this to help US Squash create their National Coaching Certification courses. She brings her interest in pedagogy and leadership to her coaching philosophy. She believes in the complete development of players both on and off the court. She has had all her success by teaching her players to focus on the process and not the outcome. It is all about the balance of having fun and working hard in her mind.
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.
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.
Erica Washburn is entering her second season as the Miss Porter's School Head Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Coach. She values competitive success and teaching the fundamental skills of Ultimate. She focuses on the individual development of each player, while also fostering a positive team culture which respects the “Spirit of the Game.” On her team, players challenge themselves, take appropriate risks, and assume leadership roles in running drills and providing feedback to fellow players. She views every practice and game as an opportunity for athletes to embody the mission statement of becoming informed, bold, resourceful, and ethical global citizens.
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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