McCallie School 2021

Team Profile

Photos Courtesy of McCallie

Q&A with Coach Ralph Potter

McCallie Coach Ralph PotterQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: We have a good core of players coming back, but they face a difficult schedule, and there are many questions to be answered.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Senior leadership building the proper culture on our team.

Q: Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A: William Riddle (QB/DB), Emile Bellerose (TE/LB), Aaron Crowder (TE/LB), James Howard (OL/DL), Matthew Plunkett (TE/DL), Kane Smith (TE/LB), Kenzy Paul (WR/DB), Thomas Pilon (OL/DL), John McAdams (WR/DB), Cooper Rumfelt (OL/DL), and Austin Breedlove (QB/DB). 

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: The guys have really worked hard this spring.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: I think our guys will feel a healthy pressure to achieve at the same level that our last few teams have.

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: The quarantining we had to do slowed us down, but I think we were much fresher at the end of the season.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: Things will always evolve, even during the year, but there won’t be any great changes.

Q: How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A: We had one of the fastest secondaries ever last year. Overall, we may not be as fast. 

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Coach name: Ralph Potter (28 yrs. as a head coach, 20th as head coach at McCallie)

Division/Class: TN II-AAA

2020 Overall Record: 10-3 

2020 District Finish: 3rd 

Mascot: Blue Tornado


2021 Schedule


20 Chattanooga Christian (A)

27 Calhoun (A)


3 Montgomery Bell Academy (A)

10 Stellar Prep (H)

17 Knoxville Catholic (H)


1 Baylor (H)

8 Battle Ground Academy (H)

15 Father Ryan (H)

22 Clearwater Academy Int. (H)

29 Pope John Paul II (A)


Coach’s View

We have a good group of seniors who are anxious to carry on our success. We are hopeful that they will lead our program well. 

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