Woitkowski Porco steps down as Wilton girls hoop coach

Jaclyn Woitkowski Porco, who led the Wilton High girls basketball team to its first state championship last winter, has resigned as the team's head coach, according to Wilton High Athletic Director Chris McDougal.

"She is leaving for all the right reasons," said McDougal. "Jaclyn has an opportunity to grow her private college consulting business by partnering with a tutoring company and she won't be able to devote the same amount of time to the girls basketball program that she has in the past."

McDougal said that Woitkowski Porco would remain in her current full-time position as a school counselor at Wilton High.

Woitkowski Porco became head coach before the 2007-08 season and oversaw a transformation of the program that culminated with a 73-45 victory over South Windsor in last season's Class LL state finals at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Wilton ended the 2014-15 season with a 25-2 record.

During the past four seasons, Woitkowski Porco coached what is considered the strongest class in Wilton history. The group included Erin Cunningham, Erica Meyer, Haley English and Makenna Pearsall, all of whom graduated in June. Cunningham became the school's all-time leading scorer last season, while the 6'3" Meyer is now playing at Providence.

"She did a phenomenal job," said McDougal about Woitkowski Porco, who was not immediately available for comment. "She knows how to win."

McDougal said that Woitkowski Porco will continue to assist the Wilton High athletic department.

"She's an asset in helping us with the NCAA recruiting rules," he said. "She's our expert in that area."

McDougal said the job opening was posted yesterday, and that he and the search committee will look to have a new coach in place by the end of October at the latest. The first official practices for girls basketball are in late November, with opening games in December.