Jeff Voris enters his 14th season at Butler as the head coach of the football program. Voris ranks third on Butler’s all-time list for coaching victories (74), trailing only Tony Hinkle (165) and Bill Sylvester (84). He owns Butler’s single-season record for victories (11) and is the only coach in school history to lead the Bulldogs to a postseason victory.
In 2018, Voris led the Bulldogs to a road victory over #24 Youngstown State to open the season. By the end of the season Butler landed five players on All-PFL teams, with Pace Temple being named to the All-PFL First-Team for the second year in a row. The senior set two single-season Butler records and broke the school record for career receiving yards. Mickey Kane was named the PFL Co-Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in addition to Brad Sznajder being named to the CoSIDA's Academic All-District First Team.
The 2017 season saw success for Voris and the Bulldogs posting a winning record and a unanimous All-PFL First-Team selection in Pace Temple.
In 2013, Voris guided the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record, a share of the Pioneer Football League crown and Butler's first ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship in 2013. It was Butler’s fourth title as a Division I football program. Appropriately, Voris was named the PFL Coach of the Year.
The 2009 campaign is widely-regarded as the most successful football season in school history. Voris, who improved the Bulldogs’ win total in each of his first four seasons, took the 2009 Butler team, picked fifth in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll, and guided it to an 11-1 campaign, a tie for the PFL championship and Butler’s first postseason victory. The 11 wins set a Butler single-season record and tied the PFL single-season mark, and the league title was Butler’s first since 1994. Butler also tied the existing PFL record for league wins (7), while setting a record for home wins (7) and completing an unbeaten Butler Bowl slate. The Bulldogs picked up the postseason win with a 28-23 victory over Central Connecticut State in the 2009 Gridiron Classic, a postseason game matching the champions of the PFL and the Northeast Conference.
Voris guided the Bulldogs to nine-straight wins to start the season, matching the Butler record for consecutive victories and making the 2009 Bulldogs just the third football squad in school history to own a 9-0 record. Included in that opening stretch was a 23-14 victory over Valparaiso in the annual Hoosier Helmet Trophy game.
The historic 2009 Butler campaign came one year after Voris guided the Bulldogs to a 6-5 record in 2008, the program’s first winning season in more than a decade. The six wins were Butler’s most since 1997 and the second-most since the Bulldogs moved to Division I in 1993. The successful campaign came just one year after Voris guided Butler to a 4-7 mark in just his second season at the helm. The four victories were the most by a Butler football team since 2002 and marked another step forward for the program.
Voris previously served as head coach at Carroll (Wis.) College for five seasons. During his five campaigns at Carroll, Voris coached one second team All-American, one honorable mention All-American, 11 first team all-conference players and 30 academic all-conference performers. He coached an all-conference quarterback in four of his five seasons. Carroll teams broke 10 school records for offense and special teams during his tenure.
Voris took the Carroll head coaching position following assistant coaching stints at Edinboro, DePauw, Texas and Illinois.
Voris began his collegiate coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Illinois. During his two seasons with the Illini, he assisted with defensive backs and outside linebackers. He later spent two seasons at Texas, where he worked with wide receivers and the offensive line.
The Butler coach was a four-year starting quarterback at DePauw (1986-89). He earned honorable mention All-America recognition in 1988 and 1989, and he still holds DePauw career football records for most passing yards (6,035), most touchdown passes (56), most pass completions (504), most pass attempts (910) and total offense (5,754). He was inducted into the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Voris earned a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from DePauw in 1989 and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Illinois in 1991. He and his wife, Julie, are parents of three daughters, Jenna, Josie and Jessy.
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