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DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

Joe Cheshire
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.

 

Derell Hankins
Defensive Tackles Coach

Derelle Hankins will serve as the defensive tackles coach at Butler for head coach Jeff Voris. Hankins will get started with the position group for the upcoming 2019 campaign. He most recently coached at Marian from 2015-17.

Hankins played college ball at Indiana State from 2007-08, but would end his collegiate career as a Knight from 2009-11.

His first coaching position came at Pike High School as a defensive line coach. While at Pike, Hankins helped the program win a sectional championship in 2013. He coached one All-State player and two All-Conference selections.

He joined Marian's staff in 2015 as their defensive line coach. The Knights posted 20-straight wins during his time on the sideline. They were crowned NAIA National Champions in 2015 and were conference champs in 2016.

The 2016 defense was ranked first in the nation in seven different statistical categories. Stopping the run and getting after the QB were two of their top priorities. Hankins oversaw two players that led the nation in sacks. One in 2015 and another in 2016.

Hankins returned to the sideline at Pike in 2018. He helped coach the Red Devils in 2019 as well.

 

Elijah Ferguson
Defensive End Coach

Elijah Ferguson enters his third season as a member of the Butler football staff after joining the program prior to the 2016 season. After coaching the team's defensive tackles in 2016 and 2017, Ferguson now oversees the defensive ends.

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.

 

Tucker Marty
Assistant Defensive Backs Coach/Special Teams

Tucker Marty will join the Butler football coaching staff for the upcoming 2019 season. Marty will be the assistant secondary coach and also help with special teams.

Marty was most recently a special teams assistant coach at Hope College. He coached a unit of six specialists helping the kickers, punters and long snappers. Marty helped create daily practice plans, and created a kicking guide for the student-athletes.

Marty is an experienced kicker that earned three varsity letters in high school at Wyoming in Ohio. He set school records for most touchbacks in a single-season (34) and for most field goals made in one game.

His coaching debut at Hope College began in 2015 as a student assistant. He also works as a personal place-kicking trainer in Cincinnati.

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