Patti Klecha-Porter, 28-year veteran field hockey coach at Wesleyan University and long-time women's lacrosse officlal, has been honored by USLacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse in the United States, with its 2013 Distinguished National Service Award for women's game officlals. USLacrosse cited Klecha-Porter's "exceptional service toward the professional development and standards of the Women's Game Officials members on the local, regional and national levels." Klecha-Porter received her award at the US National Convention of USLacrosse in Philadelphia Fri., Jan. 11.
Klecha-Porter has been integral in the recruitment and training of girls'/women's lacrosse officials in Connecticut and regionally for many years and is widely regarded as one of the top women's lacrosse officials in the world. Annually drawing NCAA tournament game assignments at all levels, including championship games, Klecha-Porter has officiated at each of the last three IFWLA World Cup events in Prague, Czech Republic in 2009; Annapolis, Md. in 2005; and Wycombe, England in 2001.
A 1981 graduate of Ithaca College where she was a standout player in both field hockey and lacrosse, Patti was inducted into the Ithcaca College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. She also is the 2005 recipient of the Chickie Poisson Award for distinguished service from the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association and was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. Klecha-Porter, who earned her Master's degree at Springfield College while serving as women's lacrosse head coach and assistant field hockey coach, joined the Wesleyan staff in 1985 and has been a part of the coaching staff of the women's squash team since 1986, the first 15 as head coach and the last 12 as assistant coach.