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Another Chapter for Coach Porsch

It can be said that there is something unique about each and every coach in every sport. Some are legends or seasoned veterans, while others are fathers or members of the community who want to help their school.  Hoxie wrestling coach, Mike Porsch, is no different. Along with being a father to one of the wrestlers and a member of the community, he is a veteran wrestler. Porsch started wrestling when he was five years old and although he thinks he didn’t perform very well, he was able to medal at state. When Porsch isn’t coaching he is working on the farm.

Right: Porsch coaching his son, Tristan during a match at the 321 State Wrestling Tournament.

Porsch began coaching as an assistant coach for the high school in the 1995-1996 school year, after being an assistant coach for ten years he was able to become the head coach. Porsch has been the head coach for Hoxie for about nine years, but this year became different when he had to coach his son, Tristan Porsch, a freshman at Hoxie High School. Although coaching your own could be difficult, Porsch doesn’t see things that much differently.

“I’m not sure if there is a lot of difference. I mean, I try to separate, you know when we’re wrestling I try to keep those emotions you have as a father down and just coach him as another wrestler out there. You develop a lot of close ties with those wrestlers and certain emotions that just come out and then you’re wanting them to do good and everything so that’s how I try to keep it. When we’re on the mat he’s another kid I’m coaching who happens to be my son and I try to keep that in the back of my mind I guess and not get too emotional involved which you could at times with it being your own son,” Porsch said. 

When it’s your own son wrestling, as a parent you could get a little nervous, but when you’re a coach and parent, it could be nerve wrecking to watch your son’s match or even before them.

“Yeah I do, I mean I feel nervous for a lot of my wrestlers matches. I don’t know if nerves are just, you know anxious that they perform to their best and to the best they can. With the wins and the losses I tell my wrestlers to not worry about that, it’ll take care of itself and just try to wrestle,” Porsch said.

After coaching the practices and meets, the wrestling could follow the Porsch’s from the mat to the household. This could either be a bad thing or a good depending on if you let wrestling into the house or not. 

“I try not to let it carry over. We may talk about a few things match wise, but I try to give my son a break from all that so that he doesn’t feel that’s all we have to talk about,” Porsch said.

Lastly, when coaching your own son you can be a little tougher on him then others and that could cause some problems, that or you’re not as tough on him as the others. Whichever it is, the temperament of the coach could vary.

Left: Tristan wrestles an opponent from the 321 State Wrestling Tournament.

“I try to keep it the same. I have pretty high expectations for all the kids I coach and I try not to put the pressure on them, but I do have high expectation for the way they perform and if they don’t perform to their ability then sometimes I get a little testy with them, trying to not in a bad way, but to let them know that they can perform better and they know they could at times too. That’s the way I try to keep it with Tristan, you know maybe I do have higher expectations just because the parent coming out, but even then you have to keep it low key and tell them you’re proud of them,” Porsch said.

Dusty Bittel



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