John Butler (American football coach)

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John Butler
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive backs coach
Team Houston Texans
Biographical details
Born (1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1991–1994 Catholic
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995 Catholic (DB)
1996 Catholic (DC)
1997–1998 Texas (GA)
1999–2000 Midwestern State (DC/LB/S)
2001–2002 Southwest Texas State (ST/S)
2003–2006 Harvard (ST/LB)
2007–2010 Minnesota (ST/LB)
2011 South Carolina (ST/Spur LB)
2012 Penn State (DB)
2013 Penn State (DC/DB)
2014-present Houston Texans (DB)

John Butler (born April 3, 1973) is an American football coach who is currently the secondary coach for the Houston Texans. He previously served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions. He was promoted to that role from secondary coach on January 9, 2013 over longer-tenured defensive assistants Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden. Prior to working at Penn State, he served at a variety of colleges as an assistant coach, primarily for linebackers or special teams, including at South Carolina and Minnesota.

Coaching career[edit]

Butler began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Catholic University, as a defensive backs coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1996. He then progressed to Texas, where he served as a graduate assistant under both John Mackovic and Mack Brown in 1997 and 1998 respectively. After spending the next four years in the lower levels of college football, he returned to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2003 with Harvard, where he worked as the linebackers coach and special teams coach. His first connection to Ted Roof came from 2007-2010 while working for the Minnesota Golden Gophers as the linebackers coach under Roof. The Houston Texans hired Butler as a defensive assistant in the off-season, but then was hired by South Carolina where he served for one year.[1] Butler re-united with Roof on Bill O'Brien's staff at Penn State. After Roof moved back to his alma mater at Georgia Tech, Butler was promoted to defensive coordinator over two more experienced assistants, linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.[2][3] In early 2014, Butler left Penn State to join O'Brien's Houston Texans staff as secondary coach.


  1. ^ Haney, Travis (24 February 2011). "Butler USC's new special teams coach". The Post and Courier. Charleston, S.C. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Flounders, Bob (9 January 2013). "Headed Home: Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof leaves the Lions to take the Georgia Tech DC job". Harrisburg Patriot-News. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Butler Promoted to Nittany Lions' Defensive Coordinator". Penn State Official Athletic Site. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 

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