June 4, 2012

Butler Completes 2012 Football Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler head football coach Jeff Voris has his coaching staff set for the 2012 campaign.  The seventh-year Butler coach announced the hiring of three assistant coaches to fill openings on his staff.

Joining the Bulldogs for the upcoming season are Patrick Doherty, who will work with the Bulldogs’ running backs; Andrew Doan, who will coach defensive ends, and Jerome Riase, who will be in charge of the team’s defensive tackles.  The trio replaces departed coaches Andrew Belluomini, Colin Johnson and Rob Noel.

Doherty spent the past four seasons as a student assistant coach at Franklin College.  He worked with the team’s running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks during his time with the Grizzlies and helped the Division III squad to a four-year, 37-9 record, three conference championships and three NCAA playoff appearances.  He earned his degree from Franklin in May.

Doan is a former three-time All-Pioneer Football League performer at Morehead State University.  A stalwart defensive end, he led the Eagles in quarterback sacks as a senior and finished his collegiate career with 18.5 quarterback sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss.  Doan earned a B.S. degree from Morehead State in 2010, and he’s currently working on a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Riase, who boasts eight years of football coaching experience, joins the Bulldogs after spending four seasons on the football staff at Ashland (Ohio) University.  He served as defensive line coach for the Eagles and worked with 10 All-Conference linemen, including one Division II All-American.  Riase, who also coached at Savannah State and at Central State, earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami (Ohio) University.

The three new Butler coaches will join a Butler staff that includes Co-Defensive Coordinators Joe Cheshire and Tim Cooper, Co-Offensive Coordinator Kyle Conner, wide receivers coach Kenan Smith, tight ends coach Nick Anderson and defensive student assistant Grant Lewis.

The Bulldogs will begin fall camp for the 2012 season in August.  The season-opener will be at Western Illinois on August 30, with Butler’s home-opener slated for Sept. 8 against Franklin.