By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director, White House High School
Coach Jeff Porter begins his 31st season as the head coach of the White House Blue Devils, and his 35th year as a football coach at White House High School. His career record is 252-120 (.677 winning percentage), and his teams have made the postseason 27-of-30 years he has been the head coach.
Coach Porter won his 250th career game in 2015 and now ranks as the winningest active head coach in Middle Tennessee. He was third on the list in 2016, but Sam Harp of Lebanon (332 wins) and Craig Clayton of Hillsboro (284) both resigned in 2016 to return to their native state of Kentucky to coach. All of Coach Porter’s wins, however, have come in-state at one school.
Porter joined former Trousdale County head coach Clint Satterfield as the Class of 2016 inductees into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Dec. 3.
He has the most wins in any sport in White House High School history and the school’s longest-tenured coach. On the current staff, he coaches linebackers as a primary position. He has two former players on full-time staff: offensive coordinator Ryan Hamilton and assistant coach Kevin Jackson. His former player and coach Chad Broadrick is now the head coach at East Robertson, and the Blue Devils will play the Indians in week one of the 2017 and 2018 season. It is the first time Coach Porter will be on the opposite sideline of a head coach who is a former player.
In 1997, he led the Blue Devils to the Class 3-A state championship, the first athletic state championship in WHHS history, with a 15-0 season and 30-20 victory over Memphis Melrose. In 1997-98, he coached the team to a school record 21 straight wins. The 2012 and 2013 Blue Devils were the District 9-AA champions and made five consecutive appearances in the Class 4-A quarterfinals from 2010-2014, plus seven of the last nine years into the third round the postseason.
He lives in White House with his wife of 29 years, Elizabeth. They have two daughters, Haley (Brad Edwards) and Lacey. Porter obtained a B.S. in Health Education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Masters from MTSU, with a plus-30 from MTSU and TSU in administration and supervision. He played high school football at Gallatin High School and college baseball at Volunteer State.
His first year at White House was as an assistant in 1983 with head coach Robert Lassiter, and served for two seasons under Bill Locke before taking the head coach position in 1987. He also coached high school baseball at WHHS for four years.
As an assistant coach in the mid-1980s, Coach Porter was a part of a close loss to Madison High School when player Joe Pryor used the phrase “Blue Devil Pride” for the first time. B.D.P. is now a staple of the program at White House in the local school and community.
As a head football coach, he is a multi-year award winner as the district and region coach of the year, and in 2013 was a head coach for the TACA East vs. West All-Star Football Classic.
Coaches profiles written by Kris Freeman for White House High School football.