THORNDIKE — Krysta Porter always has been a good teammate.

During her days as a student-athlete at Mount View High School and later during her days as a collegiate athlete at Thomas College in Waterville, Porter was willing to put in the extra work to try and get her team to the next level.

Now, Porter will get an opportunity to run her own “team” as she has been named the interim athletic director at her alma mater.

“Honestly, it feels like a dream come true,” said the 23-year-old Unity resident. “I have wanted to become an athletic director since I was a sophomore in high school, and I could only dream to be able to work in the place that created that dream.”

Porter was offered the position in early-December and started the job on Dec. 15.

She replaced Tom Lynch, who retired from the position midway through the fall season. In the interim, MVHS Principal Zack Freeman handled the athletic director responsibilities.

“Krysta brings fresh ideas and talents to MVHS,” said Freeman. “She has already begun to create great relationships with our students. Being a former MVHS graduate she understands many of our students’ needs. Krysta has the energy and passion to lead our program forward.”

Porter was a two-sport athlete at Mount View and 2016 graduate. She was a steady contributor to the Mustang field hockey and softball teams.

After high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2019 from Thomas College and her masters’ degree in business administration as part of the Kiest-Morgan Scholar Program in 2020.

She also played field hockey and softball for the Terriers and spent time the past few seasons as the jayvee softball coach at MVHS.

Porter said while “some people like math, some people like reading, or painting, my thing was always sports.”

“My favorite memories from high school all involve watching or playing sports, or being with my team, and I knew that somehow, I wanted sports and athletics to be a part of my life in any way I could make it fit,” she said. “The inner workings of an athletic department has always interested me. I was always fascinated by all the different people that have to work together to create a good athletic department, another ‘team’ within the athletic department if you will.”

Porter observed Chuck Karter, who was AD during her time as a student-athlete at MVHS. It was then she made the decision to aim for a similar position. Later, as a college student, she also interned under Thomas College athletic director Chris Moreau.

“I believe that Mr. Karter, along with all the other staff working with the athletic department, including our athletic trainer Casey Holmes, definitely drove me to want to learn how to run an athletic department,” Porter said. “Just strictly by seeing how smoothly it seemed to run from an athlete’s/my perspective. I want to be able to provide that experience that I had for other athletes.”

Karter, who now is the athletic director a few miles away at Erskine Academy of South China, said,“I think she will do a great job in the position and I look forward to working with her in the [Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference].”

“What I remember about Krysta is that she was a young lady with great character and clear values,” said Karter. “Her personality was inviting and engaging and her demeanor was always very pleasant. Her work ethic on the softball diamond was strong and focused and I can definitely see how all of these character traits relate to her managing the responsibilities of an athletic administrator.”

Porter added: “I am excited for the challenges the rest of this year will bring, even with all the craziness of [the] COVID-19 pandemic, and getting to develop my experiences.”