Jim Porth’s Windsor roots are as deep as it gets.
He graduated from Windsor High School, has coached at the school for years and now he is hoping to carry on the success started by his mentor.
Porth has accepted the girls basketball coaching position, replacing Gary Perko after eight years in charge.
“The only reason I get this opportunity to be the coach at Windsor High School is because of the mentorship and guidance that coach Perko has given me and my family,” Porth said.
The 45-year-old Porth graduated from Windsor in 1989. His wife is a Windsor graduate and he has a daughter who will be a junior next season and another who will be a freshman.
He played for Perko as a student and returned as an assistant when Perko took the Windsor job. He was an assistant for six of Perko’s eight seasons. In between, he was Resurrection Christian’s girls basketball coach for the 2012-13 season (the Cougars went 7-15) and took the following year off from coaching. He spent the last two seasons back at Windsor.
He hopes to continue Perko’s tradition of success that saw the Wizards win 70 percent of their games, making the Class 4A Sweet 16 four times.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Porth said. “Windsor is something that’s near and dear to me and all of my family.”
While Porth has been offered and accepted the job as girls basketball coach, the move still has to be approved by the school board in May.
Windsor is still seeking a boys basketball coach, with the process nearing the interview stage.
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