JSerra recently announced that Brendan Porter is the new head coach for the boys’ lacrosse team. Porter played Division 1 lacrosse at Rutgers University and professionally for the Boston Cannons in Major League Lacrosse. His coaching experience includes a role on Kyle Harrison‘s staff at JSerra four years ago. Porter took some time to chat with MaxLaxOC.com about lacrosse, family, and life. Read on to get to know Brendan Porter.
MaxLaxOC: How does it feel to take over one of the most high-profile programs in Orange County?
BP: I would say it is a big deal for reasons different than most. It is definitely not the same program from when I left four years ago. But, it is exciting for me to be back there. There is good history there for the players and I to think about and aspire too. While also making it my own. The part I am most excited about is I am supported in openly talking about my faith. Outside of coaching lacrosse my job with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is to teach coaches how to coach differently and inspire their players to play for their teammates, and for something bigger than themselves, their relationship with Jesus Christ. It is what gives us value.
MaxLax: How much do you know about the current team and roster?
BP: Ha, absolutely nothing! But I guess for me that is a good thing. I was the assistant girls lacrosse coach at Mission Viejo last year. The last thing I was thinking about was boys lacrosse. I was trying to figure out who the girls game. So I come into this with a fresh perspective. I will see the athletes I have and some positions with probably change based on what me and my coaches see. We have winter camp and will see how things shake up come the spring. It’ll be fun.
MaxLax: How do you think you will approach being the third coach in three years at JSerra?
BP: Well, that’s a fun question to answer! Thanks for this one, said no coach ever.
I’m just messing with you, bright eyed and bushy tailed! You have to think, following a Kyle Harrison is tough for anyone, simply because you’re not Kyle Harrison. I think the world of the Fowler, Schreiber and Kavanaugh, but at they are “the guys who followed Kyle” no matter what you do, that’s all anyone can think about. I’m just the guy who followed the guys who followed Kyle. Now say that three times fast!
But seriously, We all come into every situation with baggage and scars. These boys who are juniors and seniors have that. A quote that I live by,
“A coach will impact more people in a year than the average person will in a lifetime” – Billy Graham
I am not worried about what the past coaches did or did not do or how much has changed in the past thirty-six months. I care about, what is the impact I will have on my players and their families over the next month, two months, six months. Will their family be changed for the better because they were coached by me. that is my hope and prayer
MaxLax: What are your goals for this year?
BP: Life Goals?! Help my wife get through her third pregnancy! And figure out how to raise daughters… got any advice?
Oh. wait this is a lacrosse article:
- Take my staff through 3dimensional coaching (3dimensionalcoaching.com)
- Build a team that believes in themselves based on the values of Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence. We will win games, I am not worried about that. But how is my big thing
- Win trinity league (yes, Adam, J-Rod and Tom you read that correctly)
- Last but not least, live out every aspect of my favorite bible verse. Colossians 1:10- “Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” What that looks like is, loving the guys on the team and sharing with them what is most important to me, my faith and love for this game. It may stick with some and may not with others. But the goal is to make sure I take every opportunity presented.