Glenn White, who served as the head coach for the first five games of the season, will stay on as an assistant with the team.
Potter is a familiar face to the players as he is in his fourth year as the school’s assistant principal.
“I’m excited to work with this group of coaches and kids,” Potter said. “We will work as hard as it takes to be successful.”
Cloudland principal Richard Church put out a press release Tuesday that explained White remains committed to the program.
It read, “Coach White loves this school and these players, but changes in his personal circumstances and family need to be front and center at this point in his life. Coach White made it clear he is committed to helping finish the season and will serve in any capacity to help the team be successful.”
According to the statement, Cloudland will conduct a full coaching search at the end of the season and will try to name a new coach by the spring semester.
“I am grateful for Coach Scott Potter’s willingness to step in and help this team in an unusual and unexpected coaching change,” Church said. “These student-athletes deserve to be placed in trusted hands to finish out this football season, and I am confident this is the best decision.”
The Highlanders (1-4) play at Unaka on Friday and host rival Hampton on Friday, Oct. 11.