Brian de la Porte, Patterson High’s varsity boys’ basketball coach the past two seasons, resigned on Wednesday, citing personal reasons.
The 33-year-old Ceres High graduate also has taught health and physical education at the school. He is stepping down as coach at the end of the season and plans to remain at the school as a teacher through the end of the school year.
“The players were pretty shocked,” de la Porte said. “The juniors were pretty upset because we started something together that we’re not going to be able to finish. It’s frustrating not being able to finish the process with the juniors and our sophomores.”
Patterson finished second in the Western Athletic Conference this season and will take a 16-11 record into Friday’s Division III playoff opener at home against Inderkum. In seven seasons as a varsity coach, including five at Ceres, de la Porte posted a 91-96 record and claimed a WAC title in 2011 at Ceres.
“I was surprised,” said Patterson athletic director Dave Klein. “He’s young and he has work to do as a coach, but I saw a huge improvement this year over last year. He got his kids to play hard all the time and they were always prepared.”
de la Porte stressed the decision had nothing to do with his health. He suffers from cystic fibrosis.
“My health is fine,” he said. “Of course, I do have cystic fibrosis. But being 33, knock on wood, I’m as healthy as someone with CF can be. I plan on coaching and teaching for as long as I can as long as I’m healthy.”
He said his search for a new teaching and coaching position will begin immediately, and that while he’d like to keep coaching high school kids there’s much that can be learned in coaching at any level.
“It will be the first time in 15 years I don’t know what I’m going to do in coaching next year,” de la Porte said. “I’ve met a lot of good people out here and made friendships I’ll have forever. I love this group of kids. They’re all about the team and they’re coachable and I really enjoyed them.”
Brian de la Porte’s coaching record
At Ceres High
2008-09 - 8-18
2009-10 - 13-14
*2010-11 - 17-9
2011-12 - 9-18
2012-13 - 14-13
At Patterson High
2013-14 - 14-13
**2014-15 - 16-11
* WAC champion
** In playoffs