Football: Head coach Jeff Porter (2018 Profile)

coachporter-e1533575980188-684x1024Jeff Porter

Head Coach

Coach Jeff Porter begins his 32nd season as the head coach of the White House Blue Devils, and his 36th year as a football coach at White House High School. His career record is 263-121 (.685 winning percentage), and his teams have made the postseason 28-of-31 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 football, and among the leaders state wide. 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.

The Blue Devils are coming off his third undefeated regular season, joining 1997 and 2004, as the 2017 White House squad became the first team in TSSAA high school football history to go from 0-10 to 10-0 in a span of one year. However, the Region 5-4A champions were cut short in the second round of the playoffs.

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 three former players on full-time staff: offensive coordinator Ryan Hamilton and assistant coaches Kevin Jackson and Bryce Bumbalough. 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 2018 season. Last year against East Robertson was the first time Coach Porter was 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 10 years into the third round the postseason.

He lives in White House with his wife of 30 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 High School.

White House High School Football Coaching Records

in order of Winning Percentage

Coach

Span

Seasons

Overall Record

Overall Win %

Best Season

Bill Locke

1985-86

2

17-7

0.708

1986 (10-3)
Jeff Porter

Current

31

263-121

0.685

1997 (15-0)
Robert Lassiter

1982-84

3

21-11

0.656

1982 & 1984 (8-3)
Jon Collins

1962-76

15

102-60-3

0.618

1975 (12-1)
John P. Brown

1948-51

4

13-20-1

0.382

1951 (6-3)
Jim Hammond

1979

1

3-7

0.300

1979 (3-7)
David Walker

1980-81

2

6-14

0.300

1980 (4-6)
Joe Schaffer

1952-54

3

9-19-1

0.310

1953 (5-5)
Grady Palmer

1956-59

4

11-26-3

0.275

1959 (5-4-2)
Ron Taylor

1977-78

2

3-17

0.150

1978 (2-8)
Henry Buntin

1943, 45-47

4

3-25

0.107

1947 (2-6)
Ken Speakman

1960

1

1-9

0.100

1960 (1-9)
George Noe

1961

1

1-8-1

0.100

1961 (1-8-1)
Howard Davis

1944

1

0-7

0.000

1944 (0-7)
Tom Hunter

1955

1

0-9

0.000

1955 (0-9)

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