Patti Klecha-Porter will be entering her 33rd year as head coach of the field hockey program in 2017, having joined Wesleyan in 1985. Additionally, she serves an adjunct professor of physical education at the University, and became the coordinator of physical education in 2015-16. She also served as head women's squash coach for 15 seasons (1986-2001) and was the assistant coach for 14 years (2001-15). On Oct. 10, 2015, Klecha-Porter earned her 200th career victory as head coach of the field hockey team as the Cardinals defeated Colby, 1-0. She was also named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 1999.
Leading the Cardinals to back-to-back ECAC New England Division III titles in 1999 and 2000, she guided the team to its most victories in team history with 13 in both those seasons. Her first victory of the 2002 season, a 3-1 win over Mount Holyoke to inaugurate a 10-6 campaign, was the 100th of her Wesleyan career.
Klecha-Porter has guided the program to 13 appearances in the NESCAC Tournament, dating back to the 2000 season. The 2002 group defeated Colby, 2-1, in overtime during the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, en route to advancing to the semifinals for the first time in program history. Three years later – in 2005 – the squad outlasted Tufts, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.
The Cardinals have made some noise in the last couple decades, posting five winning seasons in conference action and six years of 10 or more overall wins.
Under her guidance, the team has taken six international trips, twice to Bermuda, once to Barbados and twice to Holland, including the summer of 2013 when the Cardinals also visited Germany and France, and once to Argentina.
In 2005, she was honored by the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association with its Chickie Poisson Award for distinguished service to the sport, and in September 2007, she was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
She graduated from Ithaca in 1981, as she was a team captain and MVP in both field hockey and lacrosse. Klecha-Porter was inducted into her alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1989, she was also named to a New York State sectional sports hall of fame. She earned her master’s from Springfield, while serving as head coach of lacrosse and a field hockey assistant. Before enrolling at Springfield, she spent two years teaching and coaching in the Phelps-Clifton Springs, N.Y. school system.
A veteran of the Olympic Sports Festival, competing in field hockey, Klecha-Porter also played internationally. She formerly played in the Hampshire Field Hockey Association and helped her club team, Stars & Stripes, attain renown as a perennial power.
Always active at summer field hockey camps, she directs the Cardinal Field Hockey Camp at Wesleyan.
Klecha-Porter holds an International Umpiring rating, the highest level for umpires in the game of women's lacrosse, and umpired at the IFWLA World Cup during the summer of 2013 in Oshawa, Ontario; 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic; 2005 in Annapolis, Md.; and 2001 in Wycombe, England, and has served as a referee for countless NCAA Tournament contests, including title games at all levels.