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Butler Bulldogs Complete Football Coaching Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, IN –  The Butler Bulldogs head football coach Jeff Voris put the finishing touches on his 2014 coaching staff with the addition of two new members and some restructuring of current staff assignments. New to the Butler staff this year are tight ends coach Spencer Summerville and wide receivers coach Desmond Tardy. The Butler football staff is busy with preparation for the Bulldogs’ fall camp in August and the team’s season-opener at Wittenberg on Sept. 6.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Jeff Voris (Brent Smith)
Photo: Butler Athletics/Jeff Voris (Brent Smith)

Summerville fills the position formerly held by Tom Dilley, who was named head coach at Guerin Catholic High School, while Tardy replaces Kenan Smith, who accepted a position with the St. Louis Rams. Summerville is new to the Butler coaching staff, but certainly not new to Butler. He was a standout defensive performer for the Bulldogs, 2006-09, and he received his degree from Butler in 2010. He earned first team All-Pioneer Football League recognition in 2009, while helping Butler to a school-record 11 wins, a conference championship and a victory in the postseason Gridiron Classic. The talented safety finished among Butler’s top three players in tackles in each of his last two seasons. A two-time Academic All-District performer for the Bulldogs, Summerville spent the past four years as an assistant football coach at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis.

“It’s certainly great to have Spencer back in the Butler program,” stated Voris. “He will make an immediate impact on our team, just as he did as a player. Spencer truly believes in the ‘Butler Way’, and his leadership and work ethic as a captain and all-league player on our first championship team in 2009 greatly impacted where our program is today.”

Tardy, boasting an extensive football background as a player, joins the Bulldogs after spending the past three seasons as an assistant football coach at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. A two-time All-State performer at Warren Central and Indiana’s 2003 “Mr. Football,” Tardy went on to earn All-Big Ten recognition as a wide receiver at Purdue University, 2004-08. He continued his football career as a professional player in the Indoor Football League, playing with the Fairbanks Grizzlies (2011), the Green Bay Blizzard (2012) and the Cedar Rapids Titans (2013). Tardy earned his B.A. degree from Purdue in 2008.

“We’re excited to have Desmond join our staff,” said Voris. “He is a perfect fit for what we want to do on offense and with our special teams.  His experience as a player and coach will certainly benefit our receivers and our program as a whole.”

The two new coaches join newcomer Gerald Chatman, who was named defensive ends coach at Butler in February. Voris also announced several title changes among his current staff members. Joe Cheshire, Butler’s defensive secondary coach, has taken on the additional titles of assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator, while linebackers coach Tim Cooper also has the title of defensive coordinator. Kyle Conner, who coaches the offensive line, will serve as offensive coordinator, while Lee Rose will be Butler’s defensive tackles coach and Patrick Doherty will continue as the Bulldogs’ running backs coach.

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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