– The Monroe Evening News, Monroe, MI

MILAN — Steve Porter doesn’t mind when one of his runners accidentally calls him Dad.
“They say, ‘Dad, I mean Coach,’ ” he said. “You don’t know how many girls call me ‘Dad’ by accident. That’s a compliment in terms of the impact you have on kids’ lives. Maybe it’s an accidental compliment.”
Porter has been influencing Milan’s girls as track and cross country coach for 33 years. This spring was one of his best.
The track and field team went 7-0 in dual meets, won the Huron League meet by 60 points, finished second in the Regional, took 10th in the state meet and was fifth in the team state meet.
Milan’s great season made Porter a unanimous choice as Evening News Girls Track Coach of the Year for the fifth time. He also has been girls cross country Coach of the Year a record nine times.
“This was our best season in 20 years. That was the year I had all those girls off that (1988) cross country state championship team and we won a Regional title, We won five straight league (Southeastern Conference) titles in the early ’80s. This year’s team is very similar to those teams in that we had depth and balance,” he said.
The Big Reds were within two of having the same number of track athletes in each grade.
“We didn’t have any real weaknesses,” Porter said. “There weren’t a lot of areas where you were going to be able to outscore us. It made the girls a little more unified. When we went to team state, every kid felt like they were contributing.”
Porter had 14 seniors and 12 of them were Scholar-Athletes with grade-point averages of 3.5 or better.

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