The school announced through a press release that Potter has been named coach after taking a team that was 1-4 and leading the Highlanders to a 6-6 finish and a Region 1-A championship. A Cloudland alumnus, he’s glad to have the title as head coach after wearing the interim tag since October.
“It means a lot to me. I’ve been around with Mike Lunsford, (Robbie) Turbyfill and all those coaches who have put in so many hours,” Potter said. “I didn’t want to see the program decline.”
Potter, who was named Region 1-A coach of the year, was humble when asked about the team’s turnaround.
“The schedule turned to more conference games,” he said. “The boys were hungry and looking for something. For some reason, they had gotten bogged down.”
He talked about it being a challenge to repeat that second-half success after the graduation of 11 seniors. Still, Cloudland principal Richard Church is certain Potter is the right man for the job.
“I couldn’t have had an easier choice than taking the interim tag off Scott Potter’s title,” Church said. “He is a committed Highlander that does all that is ever asked of him both on-campus and in the community. I am honored to have Scott Potter lead our football team.”
Potter played for the Highlanders from 1989-93 and was an all-conference quarterback for Coach Lunsford’s teams his junior and senior seasons. He led the Highlanders to the school’s first 10-0 record in 1992.
He has coached at the junior high school and high school level in football and basketball since 2006. This season, he served as vice principal, athletic director and even an assistant to Cloudland basketball coach Gary Harrison. Moving forward, he is giving up basketball to concentrate fully on football.
When asked about what he was most proud of with the 2019 Highlanders, he talked about their never-give-up attitude.
“The fact they didn’t quit, it would have been so easy,” Potter said. “Each one of them could have said, ‘Forget it.’ They were 1-4 and had been in games, but it seemed they would blow up and couldn’t finish them. We found a way to change that mindset.”