DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Backs Coach
Joe Cheshire has been a valued member of the Butler coaching staff since 2004. He serves as the program's defensive coordinator. It's a position that he took over prior to the 2017 season, but he has previously been in charge of the defense at Butler.
For the past few seasons, Cheshire served as the program's Assistant Head Coach and recruiting coordinator, while also working with the Bulldogs’ defensive secondary.
Cheshire has been part of the coaching staff during one of the best runs in Butler football history. In 2013, he helped to guide the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record, a share of the Pioneer Football League crown and Butler's first appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship in 2013. It was Butler’s fourth title as a Division I football program. Butler has won at least a share of the PFL title in three of the last six seasons.
Cheshire joined the Bulldogs in 2004, after spending two seasons as offensive backs coach at DePauw University. In his final season at DePauw, the Tigers led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in rushing yards per game.
The son of former Butler football player Jim Cheshire (‘75), Joe was a four-year football letterwinner at DePauw. He was the Tigers’ offensive Most Valuable Player in 1997, and he served as a football team captain in 1998. He earned all-conference recognition as a junior, when he led DePauw in pass receiving.
Cheshire received a B. A. degree from DePauw in 1999 and began a brief business career before returning to the football field in 2002. He and his wife, Ashleih, have three children, Griffin, Charlotte and Jack.
Recruiting Coordinator/Linebacker Coach
Derek Day ('09) serves the Butler Football program in the role of linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He returned to his alma mater in April of 2017.
Day returns to Indianapolis after spending two years as defensive quality control and assistant linebackers coach for the University of Tennessee. During his time on staff, the Volunteers notched championship wins at the 2016 Music City Bowl and 2015 Outback Bowl. At Tennessee, Day coached Second Team All-SEC Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Freshman All-SEC Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr.
Day graduated from Butler after starting all four years at defensive end. He helped the program reach its first winning season in over a decade before taking graduate assistant coaching stints at Western Kentucky and Iowa State.
(photo coming soon)Shawn Chaffee
Defensive Ends Coach
Defensive Tackles Coach
Elijah Ferguson enters his second season as a member of the Butler football staff after joining the program prior to the 2016 season. He coaches the team's defensive tackles.
Ferguson spent the 2015 season as the defensive line coach at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. In addition to overseeing his position group, Ferguson played a key role in recruiting, video and equipment, as well as the academic development of a group of student-athletes.
Ferguson spent the 2014 season as the defensive ends coach at Dutch Fork High School in Columbia, S.C., as the team was the state runner-up in Class 4A. One of his defensive ends participated in the South Carolina North South High School All-Star Game following the season.
Also in 2014, Ferguson served as a Camp Operations Intern for the Buffalo Bills as part of the organization’s Player Personnel Department. He served as an intern with the Cleveland Browns for a good portion of the 2013 season.
Ferguson spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Miami (Ohio) football program, serving as a first in a defensive quality control position and then as a defensive graduate assistant. In this role, he worked with the defensive coaching staff on practice plans, helping to coordinate the scout team, and video analysis. Ferguson was the assistant defensive line coach for the 2011 season at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
He graduated from Saint Augustine’s College in 2009 and earned his Masters in Education from Wright State in 2012.
Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Spencer Summerville was named an assistant coach at Butler in June of 2014. In his position, he has primary responsibility for Butler's tight ends.
Accepting the position at Butler brought Summerville back to a familiar place. 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 four seasons as an assistant football coach at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis prior to returning to his alma mater.