Butler named as Cloverdale football coach

Monday, March 14, 2011

CLOVERDALE- At a meeting of the Cloverdale School Soard Monday night John Butler was announced as the new high school football coach.

Butler currently coaches at Bloomington North High School as a receiver coach.

He said he was happy to join the community.

"My wife and I have been pretty picky as far as looking for our first opportunity to be a significant part of a community in terms of being the head coach of a sport. This community is one we've had our eye on for a while," he said.

Butler said that he enjoys the small town atmosphere that Cloverdale offers and the opportunity to have a grade school, middle school and high school that are close together.

"They all feed together and it's a nice opportunity to have influence over a small groups of people," he said.

Butler said he was aware of the microscope that small towns can focus on high school football programs and said he was ready for it.

"As long as we run a character first program we'll be doing some special things that they can be proud of around here," he said.

Butler indicated that he was going to try and focus on being honest with his players.

"Honesty with the kids is a good thing. Kids these days are more enlightened then they were 10, 15, 20 years ago. They can see through smoke screens, so it's important to just be myself," Butler said.

Butler will be running a three day-a-week after-school camp starting March 28 for fifth to eighth graders. Monday and Wednesday will focus on skills, while Friday will feature a more game like environment, such as flag football.

"Friday's a chance to let the kids be kids," Butler said.

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  • Sounds like a good choice for a new coach at Cloverdale. But I have one question. It is March, track and baseball time. Do the guys have to make a choice--condition for football in the fall and give up other sports?

    -- Posted by interested party on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 7:53 AM
  • many teams start training in January. it takes a lot of conditioning to prepare someone for the extreme conditions of football. a good program would inter-mesh with the other sports so that football players can still be able to practice baseball as well.

    -- Posted by yachtsman on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 9:24 AM
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