Jeff Porter may not be manning the sidelines at White House football games this fall, but that doesn’t mean he’s just taking it easy.
The longtime White House football coach recently accepted a job at Christian Community Schools to be the athletic director and an assistant principal.
“It’s an opportunity to serve,” Porter said. “I think that’s what life is all about – we should all desire to be servants. I look forward to what God has in store for me and my family.”
Porter’s ties to CCS run deep. The school was founded in 2001 by The Church at Grace Park, where he has been a member for over 30 years. His wife, Elizabeth, is the director of the Christian Community preschool.
“I’ve seen the growth of the school from when it started to where it is now,” he said. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be able to contribute and serve in some way.”
Porter stepped down from his head coaching position at White House in early December and remained on staff as a wellness teacher. He was originally planning to return for another year before the CCS job opened.
“I’m like everyone else…we’ve worked all our lives, so I don’t like the word ‘retire,’” he said. “I’m going to work, whatever I’m doing.”
Porter became an assistant coach at White House in 1983 after spending a year in Crestview, Florida. He then took the head job in 1987 and held it for 32 seasons.
During his tenure, Porter amassed a 269-125 record, won the 1997 Class 3A state championship and made 28 playoff appearances. He was inducted to the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.
This spring was the first time in decades that Porter didn’t have to prepare for another football season. But he said the change has allowed him to spend more time with his family.
“Families are the ones that sacrifice in coaching,” he said. “My family has sacrificed for the 37 years I’ve been coaching. This is the only life they’ve ever known. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to get back to my family.
The Colts play in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference and compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, volleyball and eight-man football. Porter’s first day at CCS is July 1.