Coach Jeff Porter begins his 29th season as the head coach of the White House Blue Devils, and his 33rd year as a football coach at White House High School. His career record is 248-104 (.705 winning percentage), and his teams have 23 consecutive playoff appearances and have made the postseason 27 of the 28 years he has been the head coach.
Porter is the longest-tenured coach at White House High School, but enters the 2015 season with a fresh look and three new coaches on staff with only one former player among his peers, offensive coordinator Ryan Hamilton. For many years, he coached alongside former players, White House alumni and a former high school teammate at Gallatin. On the current staff, he coaches linebackers as a primary position.
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. He is among an elite group of Tennessee coaches with over 200 career victories and will eclipse the 250 mark on his second win of 2015. 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 have made five consecutive appearances in the Class 4-A quarterfinals, plus seven of the last eight years into the third round the postseason.
He lives in White House with his wife of 27 years, Elizabeth. They have two daughters, Haley 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. For more, go to www.whitehousefootball.com