Justin Porter | Provided

When it takes the field this spring, the Oak Park and River Forest High School boys lacrosse team will have a new voice to provide guidance.

Justin Porter was introduced Jan. 13 as the Huskies’ new head coach. He replaces Rocco Chierici, who led the program for eight years.

“I’m looking forward to putting OPRF boys lacrosse on the map,” said Porter in a press release issued by the school. “We have a lot of raw athletes and now is the time to turn them into lacrosse players.”

Porter brings plenty of experience to the Huskies. As a player, he lettered all four years at Hobart College and reached the 2004 NCAA tournament. Porter is a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands men’s national team, but he said that will not interfere with his OPRF coaching duties.

“I am looking forward to seeing how Coach Porter can assist in moving our program forward,” OPRF athletic director Nicole Ebsen said in the release. “I have no doubt that we will see great things happening for boys lacrosse under his leadership.”

As a coach, Porter has coached in youth leagues in Manchester, England. He has been both a head and assistant varsity coach at Glenbard South and Evanston Township high schools. Recently, Porter was an assistant at Hobart College.

Porter said he expects the Huskies to play with discipline, effort and respect.

“It may take some time for the team to adjust to the level of expectations I have for them on the playing field,” he added. “But we will get it, and we will be good.”

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