11 days after legendary White House football coach Jeff Porter, the Blue Devils have named Porter’s successor.
Ryan Hamilton who has served as the Blue Devil offensive coordinator the last eight years and has been on the White House for 16 years has been tabbed as the head coach.
“I am very excited and thrilled to have this opportunity,” Hamilton said in a school provided press release. “I would like to thank the administration of White House High School for giving me this chance and I am also very thankful to still have Coach Porter around. I think that is another great thing for us. This is the best place to be, and to work, and I love White House High School. I am ready to get to work.”
He replaces Porter who was inducted into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA) Hall of Fame in 2016 and retires with a 269-126 overall record and led White House to their only football state title in 1997 as the Blue Devils won the Class 3A state title.
Porter was the longest tenured 4A coach heading in the 2019 season, now that distinction will belong with John Olive who has been at Tullahoma for 26 years.
Under Porter, the Blue Devil program was a playoff regular as they made 28 appearances which produced 48 playoff wins.
The Blue Devils also had three undefeated regular seasons (1997, 2004 and 2017) and nine seasons of 10 wins or more (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2017).
White House made the semifinals six times (1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2004 and 2008) and 17 trips to the Quarterfinals as well (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).
White House missed the 4A playoffs in 2018 but finished the season with a 6-4 record.
“One of the things that is very important to our school is raising students who will become future leaders in our community and give back to the place that has given much to them,” White House Principal Ann Miller said. “Ryan exemplifies everything we hope for our students and now will have the opportunity to continue that success as a head coach.
“He is a former student, a teacher, a long-time assistant and a family man that is respected on and off the field in our community, and from a football standpoint, he has a proven track record of success at White House and knows the expectations we set for our student athletes and our program in this community.”
There are currently 18 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Bledsoe County, Collierville, East Hamilton, East Hickman, Fayetteville, Gallatin, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Hunters Lane, Lipscomb Academy, Melrose, Northpoint Christian, Northview Academy, Stewarts Creek, Tellico Plains and Westview
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