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Butler looks for success at TCA

By Adam Wells
By awells@wbbjtv.com

At 27-years-old, Blake Butler becomes one of the youngest head football coaches in West Tennessee.

Even though it’s his first time as a head coach, his background and knowledge of the game doesn’t make him your everyday coach. Butler spent three seasons as an assistant at Evangelical Christian School in Memphis. He played for the Memphis Tigers for four years on the offensive line. And his father is the current linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Tuesday he met with his new team for the first time, trying to earn some respect. “The first thing I told them was that I want to earn their respect,” Coach Butler said. “It’s not something that you give out. I want them to know the way I’m going to work with them and the values I’m going to instill in them.”

After meeting the team he spoke to the TCA families about goals and aspirations. But to him, it’s the players that come first. “The reason I wanted to meet with them first is because what’s in that room is what’s important,” Butler said. “Our relationship and that’s what’s going to carry this team.”

With the new team comes the expectation to win. Butler is very familiar with what he has in front of him. “We played against JCS and USJ where I’m from,” Butler said. “So being familiar with the Jackson football scene helped me with the job and the type of program Trinity was.”

In the past Trinity has run a spread offense and was ran to perfection by Jabriel Washington. Now Washington is gone and the new offense will be similar to the old one. But it’s the defense that has everyone talking.

“Defensively you’ll see a condensed form of what the Steelers run,” Butler said. “I would be foolish to try to bring in their playbook that’s thicker than my hand can hold. But it’s a condensed version.”

As a coach he’s just like every other coach, football is the focus. But he knows that there’s more to it that just that. :Not everyone goes on to college and plays professional football,” Butler said. “If that’s all you’ve learned is football then you’ve missed the boat on that. That’s how you measure a successful program. If you’re sending kids out to be good men, fathers, and husbands and take some responsibility then we’ve done our job.”