By Adam Brown and Zach Womble for The White House Connection
Gallatin defensive coordinator Mike Settle has stepped down to take the same position at White House High School.
“I met Jeff Porter (White House head coach) over 25 years ago,” Settle said. “Through the years, we have crossed paths and have always had a good relationship. Coach and I talked about it, and he asked me to interview for the position. I have always thought the world of Coach Porter.”
Settle will replace Chad Broadrick, who was named the new head football coach at East Robertson High School shortly after the Blue Devils concluded their spring practice.
“We have a friendship of 20-25 years all the way back to the Robert Lassiter days,” said Porter on what attracted him to Settle. “We have a similar philosophy and I just think he is the right fit for our football program. He brings a tremendous knowledge in the weight room and that will be very beneficial to us as a team. We are very fortunate for him to accept this position.”
Settle said that given the rich tradition of both Gallatin and White House he has a pretty good idea what to expect.
“I am in a win-win situation here,” Settle said. “Both communities love their football. There were times that when we were on the road here at Gallatin that we had more people in the stands than did the home team. It is a blessing to go to another community with similar tradition.
“I think that I will compare it to when I first came to Gallatin. There is a system in place and that system has proven to work. When I came to Gallatin I didn’t approach it like a bull in a china shop. There are always some little things that need tweaking. I won’t try to change them; I will just try to give them the right tools to be more successful.
“We will continue to run the same defensive scheme. We are about three months away from the opening game there is no need for me to try and install a new system. I will learn how they play and of course add some things but it will be me learning their terminology.”
Given the strength of Sumner County football, Settle said that he was glad to be coaching in the area. “Tennessee football has improved over the years,” he said. “It got a bad rap. There was a misconception that if you wanted a good football player that you needed to go to Georgia, Florida or Texas. I think what Coach (Butch) Jones has found out is that there are some pretty good football players in the state of Tennessee. There are a lot of great coaches in Tennessee and none better than there are in Sumner County. It is hard to beat Sumner County football. It is an incredible place.”
Settle said he will coach the defensive line and Porter will continue to work with the linebackers.
“I’ve coached every position group on defense but I’d have to say my favorite is linebackers and defensive line,” Settle said. “Now, Coach Porter will continue to coach linebackers because he has done such a great job with them but I’m really looking forward to getting to know the defensive lineman and working with them.”
Settle believes he brings an “intensity and drive to be the very best. We want all eleven guys to hold each other accountable. We want guys forcing turnovers, scoring defensive touchdowns and playing for their brothers. I’m all about creating a relationship with the kids. I want to get to know them and I want them to get to know me. It has been a pleasant transition.”
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association will be implementing a new district schedule in the fall; one that places White House with arguably a much tougher schedule. Portland, Springfield, Macon County, Pearl Cohn and Maplewood are now all slotted as region games for the Blue Devils.
“Coach Porter and I have talked briefly about the schedule,” Settle said. “We will have a tough road ahead of us.
“It has been a blessing to coach at Gallatin,” Settle concluded. “Sometimes you fuss about the pay and the long hours, but most of the time you look back and say, I can’t believe I get paid to do this for a living. I will always have a special place in my heart for Gallatin. I love the Green Wave but I am fixing to fall in love with White House.”
White House opens its season at home against cross-town foe, White House Heritage on August 21.