Porter Lacey, Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Porter, with wife Kelly and their daughter, Lindsay
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
Derek Wilson, Quarterbacks Coach
Derek, with his wife Jessica and daughter Kennedy
Rob Vian, Offensive Line Coach
Rob Vian, with his family
Travis Stuart, Wide Receiver Coach
David Mikell, Running Back Coach
Brandon Harris, Defensive Coordinator
Eric Johnson, 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.
Defensive Line Coach
To be announced
Jordan Coffin, Linebacker Coach
Ryan Beason, Special Teams/Tight End Coach
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 married his wife, Emily, August 2011 and they had 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.
Alan Bean, Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Alan, Brandon, Jenny and Kyle Bean
Alan has been married to his wife, Jenny, for 21 years and they have two boys, Brandon (19) and Kyle (16). He began his coaching career when he became an assistant coach on his oldest son's Boise Noon Optimist team in approximately 2005. After two years, when his oldest son had completed Optimist Football, he joined forces with his father-in-law, Ken Baltes, and became the Offensive Coordinator to his youngest son's Boise Noon Optimist team from 2007 to 2011.
After taking 2011-2012 off from coaching, he was hired on at Meridian High as an assistant coach, working with the Varsity OL Coach, Mike Hanneman, all the while listening and learning as he began to transition into coaching at the high school level.
In 2013 Alan was hired on as Head Coach for the Warrior Freshman team and was excited for the new challenge as Head Coach. He and the other Freshman coaches took a great group of young men and helped them develop into high school football players.
Alan now looks at the next level as a head coach and is excited with the renewed energy that is surrounding Warrior Football!
Travis Houde, Offensive Line/Defensive Line Coach
Coach Travis House
Mike Walling, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Tyler Keeney, Linebacker/Running Back Coach
Rod Williams, Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Derek Johnston, Offensive Line Coach
Roger Higginbotham, Wide Receiver Coach
Lynn Fehrer, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach
Chris Howard, Defensive Line Coach
John Labbe, Linebacker Coach