Lamont Butler named Head Football Coach
Trinity CommunicationsJanuary 14, 2018
Lamont Butler has been named head football coach at Trinity International University, athletic director Michael Gorsline announced Jan. 10.
Effective immediately, Butler takes over as head coach after three seasons as an assistant coach, including two as defensive coordinator.
The California native first came to Trinity in 2012, when he served as the running backs coach. Butler helped coach the rushing game to one of their best campaigns in program history that year, when then-freshman Chris Elliott was named to the All-Mid States Football Association Midwest League First Team. Elliott set a new MSFA record with 347 rushing yards in a single game that season, and went on to break the all-time TIU rushing record as a senior in 2015.
After that season, Butler left TIU to become the head coach at Horizon Christian Academy in San Diego, California. His offense set new school records in 2014 for total offense, points per game, and passing yards, as HCA had two receivers record over 1,000 yards on the year. In the classroom, Butler’s program produced 19 members of the Union Tribune San Diego All-Academic Team.
Butler returned to Trinity in 2016 as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. In 2016 Butler worked with a defensive unit that included Trinity’s first-ever William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist in linebacker Riley Schussler, and senior cornerback Jarell Carter, who would go on to become a member of the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. The defense recorded 23 sacks that season, the second-highest total over the past 12 years. Butler then coached five Trojans in 2017 that made the All-MSFA defensive team.
“I am so excited to name Lamont as our head football coach,” said Gorsline. “Lamont has done a tremendous job during his time here as an assistant coach and is committed to helping build our program.”