David Laporte Looks to Continue Success of Enfield Girls Soccer

By Nate Zielinski

The Ellington girls’ soccer team has 15 returning players this season as well as three seniors, but a new arrival will have a significant impact on the season as well.

New head coach David Laporte was hired for the job after Melissa Morgan-Hostetler resigned after a successful two year run that included a 23-9-4 record.

With a program that is used to excellence, it is easy to see why Ellington decided to go with Laporte as Morgan-Hostetler’s successor. Laporte, a Connecticut native and a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, has been coaching since he was 18 as his first job was back in 1984 coaching soccer at Haddam-Killingworth middle school.   His extensive coaching career also includes stints in Simsbury and West Hartford.

As for a coaching strategy, Laporte has a defense first mentality but knows that’s not the only thing you can focus on in the game of soccer.

“I’d say my style is a mixed bag, I like to have a disciplined defense but also a very creative attack,” said Laporte. He seemed excited to get his first season in Ellington underway, and his defense should be solid this year with one of his many returning players being all-state center back Allison Gorman.

With any new coach, there are possibilities of Laporte both good and bad. Morgan-Hostetler led the Ellington team to back-to-back appearances in the state tournament so Laporte knows he needs to come in and produce results right away.

“The pressure is at both ends of spectrum right now,” said Laporte. “There is always that pressure to perform, but I know what (Morgan-Hostetler) has built here and I’m coming into a program with a long standing tradition of excellence.

Laporte also noted that his philosophy is similar to the previous coach’s so he is hoping that will help the first year run much more smoothly.

When it comes to the lofty expectations set by the previous coach, Laporte is focusing on the smaller details to avoid any talk of the bigger goals the team might have and the distractions that come along with that.

“I’m just looking forward to getting to know each other this season, I have the same model in place and I’m looking for a seamless transition and the rest will take care of itself,” said Laporte.

 

 

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