Coach Porter honored for his 50 years

Photo by Chris Kurtz
Milan High School coach Steven Porter, who was honored for 50-years of coaching field and track and cross-country teams at a recently held banquet.

By Joyce Ervin

Kerri Moccio acted as emcee at the recently held sports banquet, where coach Steven Porter was honored for 50 years of coaching for Milan High School’s cross-country and field and track teams.
 On Moccio’s team to make this occasion possible were Chris Kurtz, mother of three boys coached by Porter and Chris Thompson, who was once a runner for Porter. She said Porter, whose wife, Kim, and daughter, Kiel, were present, was surprised, very touched and emotional.
Moccio said they went through old photos sent from parents and alumni, and she and her daughter, Sophie, went through four decades of school yearbooks to put together a slide show.
 Lyn McLean, whose son Taylor was a runner for Porter, baked a cake and cookies for the occasion.  Thompson of Christian’s Catering catered the event at cost.  
Alumni, family and parents contributed monies to present Porter with a gift certificate to a Bed and Breakfast on Mission Peninsula along with a restaurant certificate.  Kim Porter was given a bouquet of flowers.
Porter said he has been very fortunate to coach at Milan High School, where his Track and Field and Cross-Country teams have been very successful and their achievements at both the local and state level have been impressive.  Many of the athletes in the program have won state and national championships, he said.
Porter also has been the recipient of state and national honors because of the dedication of his teams, he said.  Porter feels, more importantly than any coaching awards, are the relationships he developed with athletes, parents and fellow coaches.  He said, “To me, those interactions and bonds are more valuable than any trophy or plaque.”
These relationships are special to Porter and remembered. Porter said he cherishes a card or note from a former athlete or athlete’s parent more than any trophy.  He said, “Trophies tarnish… coaching relationships last forever.”
Moccio said Porter is still going strong and retirement is not yet in his future.  She praised Porter, saying, “50 years coaching is quite an accomplishment.”

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