Gerald Chatman Named Defensive Line Coach At Butler

Gerald Chatman Named Defensive Line Coach At Butler
Gerald Chatman (Photos courtesy of Ball State Sports Information)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Gerald Chatman, who served two seasons with the football staff at Ball State, has been named defensive line coach at Butler.  The Bulldogs' new coach replaces Jerome Riase, who left Butler after two seasons to accept the position of defensive line coach at Wofford.

"We are very excited to have Gerald joining our staff," said Butler head coach Jeff Voris.  "We heard northing but great things about him throughout our search.  He has worked with some great coaches over the last two years, and we can't wait to get him around our guys."

Chatman was a graduate assistant coach at Ball State, working with the defensive line.  During his two seasons, the Cardinals racked up 19 wins and made two consecutive bowl appearances.  In his first season at Ball State, the Cardinals posted a 9-4 record and earned a berth in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl.  Last fall, Ball State finished with a 10-3 record and appeared in the GoDaddy Bowl.  It was only the second time in school history that the Cardinals made back-to-back bowl appearances.

Prior to taking the graduate assistant position at Ball State, Chatman served for two years as a student assistant defensive line coach at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Chatman was a defensive lineman at Wisconsin Oshkosh, 2006-09.  He received a B.S. degree in educational leadership and human services from Wisconsin Oshkosh, and he earned his master's degree in adult and community education at Ball State.