Longtime Midstate high school football coaches Jeff Porter and Clint Satterfield will be inducted into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in December.
Porter and Satterfield, along with fellow inductees Mickey Marley and Graham Clark, will be formally inducted during a 9 a.m. ceremony at Life Church in Cookeville on Saturday, Dec. 3.
“It’s very humbling and it’s a reflection on our community, our school, our administration and obviously the players that we’ve had,” said Porter, currently in his 30th season as coach at White House. “I’ve been very blessed during this journey to have such a supportive family, and I’m so thankful for my wife and children.”
Porter has been the coach for the Blue Devils since 1987. He has compiled 252 career wins — third among active Midstate coaches — with 27 playoff appearances, 15 district titles, eight 10-win seasons and a Class 3A state championship in 1997.
“I’m just very thankful to have been able to stay at one school,” Porter said. “I think that’s the common thread that all of us share.”
Satterfield, who is superintendent for Trousdale County Schools, spent his entire 24-year coaching career at his alma mater Trousdale County (1984-2007), leading the Yellow Jackets to 20 playoff appearances, 13 10-win seasons and five state championships.
“All I wanted to do when I graduated college was to come home and coach with my dad and have a positive impact on my school like my teachers and coaches had on me,” said Satterfield, whose father, Jim, coached at Trousdale County for 29 seasons (1955-1983). “I wanted to return the favor.”
Marley, who was relieved of his coaching duties in December, compiled a 245-91 record in 30 seasons at University of Jackson, while Clark is in his 24th season at Dobyns-Bennett.
“If you stay in one place long enough you’re going to experience the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows,” Satterfield said. “I had several state championships, several undefeated teams and won a lot of football games, but I also had teams that were 3-7 and 4-6.
“We were at the pinnacle and we were in the valley, and I think you learn from all those places and everywhere in between.”
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