McCallie Dedicates Football Field for Former Coach Pete Potter
Pete Potter is the longest-serving and winningest football coach in McCallie School history...
McCallie’s football field was officially named in memory of McCallie coaching legend Pete Potter in a special ceremony on October 9.
Pete Potter Field at Spears Stadium was formally dedicated prior to McCallie’s home game against Ensworth. Prior to the ceremony, an impressive collection of former players and Potter family members and special guests attended a dinner for fellowship and shared memories.
Robert L. “Pete” Potter coached at McCallie for 21 years from 1973 to his retirement in 1993, he remains the Blue Tornado’s longest-serving and all-time winningest football coach, compiling a record of 155-61 in his 21 seasons on the Ridge.
“Coach Potter helped make McCallie football into the outstanding program it is today,” Headmaster Lee Burns ’87 said. “Coach Potter was a much-admired man who helped to develop McCallie boys into men of character. He helped build not just a successful and strong football program, but he helped build men.
“It is great to honor his memory by naming our football field for this great coach, teacher and man.”
Coach Potter was a standout athlete at Red Bank High School and the University of Virginia, where he was team captain in 1953. He also was a collegiate boxing champion at UVA. He served in the Korean War and was the head coach at Brainerd High School before starting his career at McCallie.
The Blue Tornado football team is currently coached by Pete Potter’s son, Ralph Potter ’81, who played for his father at McCallie and played college football at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“McCallie was such a big part of my father’s life, and thus it has become a big part of my life,” Ralph Potter said. “It has been an honor for me to follow in his footsteps as a coach here, and it will be even more special to lead these young men on a field that honors my father’s legacy at McCallie.”
The Blue Tornado football team inaugurated Pete Potter Field in fine fashion by rallying from a late deficit to beat Ensworth 42-35 on an 83-yard touchdown pass from junior Robert Riddle to senior JaVaughn Craig in the final minute of play. It was a fitting end to a special night for the McCallie football program.
McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School. McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body.