Head Coach Porter Lacey
Meridian Warriors Head Coach, Porter Lacey and Family
Porter Lacey took over for a Meridian High football coach in 2007 — as a physical education teacher. And now, Lacey has been hired to return to Meridian, this time to take charge of the Warriors’ football program.
Coach Lacey has had previous experience with Meridian High when in 2006, he replaced Mike Virden in the classroom, when Virden accepted a job to coach high school football in Florida. That year, Meridian hired Lacey as head junior varsity coach to direct preseason practices before accepting the head coaching opportunity at New Plymouth.
Lacey built New Plymouth into a perennial 2A power, taking the Pilgrims to five straight state playoffs, including three straight trips to the semifinals (2009-11). His 2012 team lost in the state quarterfinals to West Side, finishing with a 7-3 record.
Speaking Meridian, Lacey stated, “I know there’s a bunch of hungry student athletes,” he said. “Our plan is going to be very aggressive; we’re going to demand some things from our kids to get back there (to winning ways)."
Adapted from Meridian Press, Online edition, Jan 25, 2013
Eric Johnson, Varsity Defensive Backs Coach
Eric, Tammy Johnson and family
Eric is married to his beautiful wife, Tammy and is the father of two girls and one boy. Eric grew up in a military family, so consequently he has lived all over the world graduating from high school in Germany where he was a multi-sport athlete and earned the honors of being selected as all-Europe in football.
Eric attended Idaho State University and played outside linebacker after transferring from Holmes Junior College in Mississippi, where he played strong safety and led his team with 108 tackles. His senior year at Idaho State, Eric was selected as a pre-season all-American. Eric is a skilled athlete, who has been involved with the NFL (Washington Redskins), (New Orleans Saints), the CFL (Toronto Argonauts) and the (Winnipeg Blue bombers) winning the Grey Cup while playing for the Toronto Argonauts in 1997. Eric was one of the lucky few to have played for the champion, Los Angeles Extreme of the XFL.
After retiring from football, Eric and his family moved to Idaho, where Eric currently works for the city of Boise. Eric was a defensive back coach at Eagle High School for four years and was part of the 5A championship team in 2009. Along with coaching at Eagle HS, Eric has coached at Mountain View, Kuna HS and has helped coach his son’s Optimist Football team.
Coach Ryan Beason
Coach Ryan Beason, with Emily Beason
Coach Ryan Beason is returning from last year's Meridian football staff to coach running backs and some special teams. He is 26 years old and has been married to his wife, Emily, since August 2011. They are expecting their first child, a boy, in April 2013.
Coach Beason played high school football and won a championship at Carlsbad High School, California. After High School, he played a year of college football at both Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, and Palomar College in San Diego. He then transferred to, and played the remainder of his college career, at the University of Idaho.
Beason Coached 5 years of California Pop Warner football and 2 years at Valley Center High School, California. Both years he helped take the Varsity Jaguars to the championship, winning it once. Last season at Meridian was his first year coaching in the Boise area. Coach Beason has been coaching offensive backs and leading the lifting program for the 2012-2013 school year.
Derek Wilson, Varsity QB Coach & JV Offensive Coordinator
Derek, with his wife Jessica and daughter Kennedy
Rob Vian, Varsity Offensive Line Coach
Rob Vian, with his family
Coach Alan Bean, Head Frosh Coach/Frosh QB Coach
Alan, Jenny, Brandon and Kyle Bean
Travis Houde, Frosh Offensive Line/Defensive Line Coach
Coach Travis House
Jimmy Newberry, JV Offensive/Defensive Line Coach
Tyler Keeney, JV Linebacker Coach
Mike Walling, Frosh Defensive Coordinator