Porretto Named Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jennifer Porretto will return to the Buckeyes next season as a volunteer assistant coach.
Porretto, who graduated in May with a degree in sport industry, was part of the winningest class in program history with 45 victories. She helped the Buckeyes to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for just the second time in program history the past two seasons.
“We are so thrilled and grateful to have Jen back in Buckeye Nation for another year,” Venechanos said. “She has proved herself on and off the field the last four years and will be a valuable asset to the coaching staff and the program. Her dedication, passion and work ethic is unmatched and I am excited to work alongside her in the upcoming year.”
A native of Smithtown, N.Y., Porretto was an All-Big Ten performer in 2015, helping the Buckeyes to a 13-8 record and an appearance in the Big Ten tournament championship game and the NCAA tournament. She was second on the team with 41 goals and third with 59 points and 18 assists. She had 15 multiple-point games, including six in a row to end the season, four of those against ranked teams. She scored three goals and had one assist in the upset win over No. 1 Maryland in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.
“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to come back to Buckeye Nation and join a great coaching staff,” Porretto said. “I can't thank Alexis enough for all that she has taught me throughout these past four years. I would also like to thank Jill Byers and Christie Kaestner for having a tremendous impact on me this past season and inspiring me to pursue a career in coaching. I am excited to return and help the Buckeyes have another successful season.”
Porretto finished her career with 101 goals and 31 assists and was a standout in the classroom as well. She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2015, a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time member of the IWLCA Academic Honor roll.
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