It’s been more than 25 years since Mark Redferrin left White House.
Redferrin played football for the Blue Devils, graduated in 1993 and went off to Tennessee Tech.
Now, Redferrin is returning to town to coach the White House Heritage boys soccer team. He was formally introduced to the team by Athletic Director Steve Owens during a meeting at the school Friday afternoon.
“I wanted for years and years to get back home to this community,” Redferrin said. “Thankfully a friend of mine that works here put me in touch with this job. I wasn’t even looking to be honest. Sometimes God directs you in a way you need to go.”
Redferrin spent the last 10 years at Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, where he was the boys and girls soccer coach. But he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come home.
“You’ve only got so much time on this Earth,” he said. “This was the right place at the right time. I’m very thankful to be here.”
His soccer coaching career began when his daughter, Abbey, played rec soccer at a young age. He continued to coach her through high school at Marshall County. Abbey is now a senior midfielder at Freed-Hardeman University.
Redferrin’s roots at White House run deep. He helped his father, Junior, lay the concrete for the White House football field house. However, since Heritage did not open until 2003, Redferrin is new to the White House-White House Heritage rivalry.
“It’s a little weird wearing red,” he said. “But I think it looks good on me.”
Previous Heritage coach Seth Kirby stepped down at the end of the spring season. The Patriots went a combined 6-21-3 over the last two years. All-Robertson County forward Ian Messina and defender Jake Thornill are among the team’s top returners for 2020.
“I believe in clean slates,” Redferrin said. “They are a hard-working group of kids and have their attitudes in the right place. The results will come. They were inexperienced last year and had a lot of close games, but they are right on the cusp.”
Life in White House has changed dramatically since Redferrin graduated. The population has quadrupled in size from 3,000 to 12,000, and new developments are everywhere. But just like his new job, Redferrin said he is excited about the change.
“Every time I hop off Exit 108, there’s something new,” he said. “It’s a great place, and people want a piece of that. I’ve embraced it. I especially like all the good restaurants that have come to town.”