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Hardin Valley Promotes DC to Head Coach

Hardin Valley Promotes DC to Head Coach

Mike Potter has been promoted at Hardin Valley.

Potter who served as the Hawk defensive coordinator, the last four seasons has been named the new head football coach at Hardin Valley.

“I am very excited to share with you that we have promoted Mike Potter to Head Football Coach at Hardin Valley Academy. Coach Potter brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position,” New Hardin Valley principal Rob Speas said.

“I have known Mike personally for nearly 20 years and I know him to be a man of high character and integrity. He will serve our student athletes well as a role model and as a developer of young men. Coach Potter has been a part of three state championship teams in his coaching career. Our goal at HVA is support him as he works to elevate our program to he earns his fourth championship ring and the first one for the Hardin Valley Football Program.”

Potter becomes the school’s second head coach replacing Wes Jones who resigned last month to become an assistant at Science Hill.

“ I am very thankful and excited to have this opportunity and I look forward to continuing to work with great bunch of coaches and players and I’m ready to dig in and get to work,” Potter said.

Under Jones who started the football program in 2008, the Hawks had a 56-54 record under Jones and made the playoffs seven times (2010-12, 2014-16 and 2018).

Hardin Valley is coming off a 6-5 season as they lost 35-28 to Ooltewah in the first round of the 6A playoffs.

The best season under Jones came in 2016 as the Hawks finished 9-4 and made their deepest run losing to Oakland in the Quarterfinals.

Before coming to Hardin Valley, Potter spent 15 seasons (1994-2008) at Fulton and was part of three Class 3A state title teams for the Falcons (2003, 2004 and 2006) and then spent five years at Halls (2009-13) before landing at Hardin Valley in 2014.

There are currently four programs looking for a head coach they are: Dresden, Glencliff, Midway and RePublic

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