ABOVE: Mount Dora High School Football Coach, Cameron Porch (Mount Dora Buzz photo)
The Mount Dora Hurricanes will be a force to be reckoned with. That statement could be true if Mount Dora High School’s new football coach is successful in developing the players and team on and off the field.
After various high school coaching positions in the Gainesville area and Georgia, Cameron Porch began his new role at Mount Dora High School on January 27 knowing that it’s not without its challenges.
Porch said he plans to work hard every day to create a family atmosphere on the team that sticks with the players throughout the entire year. His vision for the end of the upcoming fall season is simple -- he wants the teammates to be proud of what they have accomplished and embrace his simple motto: “Win every day.”
In 2004, at age 19, Porch ran into his former high school football coach who asked the teen to help coach the team. Porch had planned to pursue his passion of meteorology, but after that first coaching experience, he was hooked and went on to assume various high school coaching positions in the Gainesville area and a stint at a school in Georgia. Many of the programs were struggling when he arrived and Porch helped turn them around.
“I look forward to opportunities that are challenging and we know that we’re presented some challenges within this program and that’s okay. That’s to be embraced, I think,” said Porch. “I enjoy the things that make the end goal all the more rewarding,”
The average number of boys per school in 11-player football in 2018-19 was 70.6 according to the National Federation of High School Association's latest participation survey Last season, Mount Dora High School fell short of that average, but Porch began recruiting existing students to play and within six days there were 71 students interested in playing. Although he’s optimistic, Porch is also realistic and knows those numbers will fluctuate because some attrition in the roster is normal.
Porch is under no illusion that positive changes happen overnight. He works hard and expects the same from his players, but also wants their time on the team to be enjoyable.
High school football players often dream of competing on the next level -- college. One of Porch’s priorities is helping those players with college opportunities and assisting them in the recruitment process. In return he just asks them for one thing -- effort. This includes effort not only on the field, but also in the classroom, weight room, community, as well as making the effort to be a good person.
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