Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach
Kyle Conner, a former standout player for the Bulldogs, enters his sixth consecutive season and tenth season overall as a member of the Butler coaching staff. He returned to Butler in the spring of 2012. He currently serves as the Offensive Coordinator, while also overseeing the offensive line.
Conner's offenses have contributed greatly to Butler's success in the Pioneer Football League, including the 2013 campaign that included the second-highest win total in program history, a PFL title and a berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
During the 2017 season, Conner helped coach wide receiver Pace Temple, a unanimous All-PFL First-Team selection.The junior registered 65 catches for 1,075 yards as a junior, becoming just the fourth Bulldog in program history to go over 1,000 yards in a season. He had five 100-yard games in 2017. His receptions per game and yards per game were both second in the PFL. He is 13th in FCS at 97.7 yards per game.
He first joined Butler’s football staff in 2002 as tight ends coach, and he coached wide receivers in 2003 and 2004. Conner served as Co-Offensive Coordinator for the Bulldogs in 2005.
Conner was a star wide receiver for the Bulldogs, 1997-2000, and he finished his career in third place on Butler’s all-time list for pass receptions (124) and in fourth place in all-time receiving yards (1,801). He remains on Butler’s “Top 10” list in both categories. He also owns Butler’s sixth-highest single-season totals for receptions (63 in 2000) and receiving yards (876 in 2000) and Butler’s single-game record for receiving yards (260 vs. San Diego, 2000).
The former Chatard High School player was a team captain as a senior and a two-time All-Pioneer Football League performer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Butler in 2001.
After leaving Butler's staff in 2006, Conner spent five seasons, 2006-10, on the football staff at Indiana. He served as Offensive Quality Control coach in 2006 and then coached tight ends in 2007 and 2008, before adding assistant offensive line coach duties in 2009. In his final season at Indiana, he coached offensive tackles and tight ends. He was part of the staff that led Indiana to its first bowl game in 14 years in 2007. Conner spent the 2011 season at Valparaiso as the secondary coach and special teams coordinator.
Offensive Line Coach
BJ Coad will take over as the Butler offensive line coach in 2019. Before arriving at Butler, Coad spent five years at Marian University as the program’s run-game coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
“We are extremely excited to have BJ Coad join our program,” Head Coach Jeff Voris said. “BJ is a really good teacher and offensive line coach. He understands the game and is a tireless recruiter. He has been around some very good programs and outstanding coaches. BJ will be a great fit for the “Butler Way”. His background and knowledge will benefit our program across the board.”
Coad’s focus was on the offensive line, tight ends and full backs. He helped Marian post a 51-10 overall record while on campus. The Knights won three conference championships and were crowned NAIA National Champions in 2015.
Coad worked alongside two-time AFCA National Football Coach of the Year Mark Henninger at Marian. The staff helped the school set a new record by rattling off 20-straight wins from 2015-16. Additional school records were set in rushing yards per season (2,877), rushing touchdowns in a single-season (48), rushing yards per game (283.2), sacks allowed (6), and total offense (537.3).
While at Marian, Coad coached five All-Americans, 17 all-conference offensive linemen and three all-conference tight ends.
Coad played football at Wittenberg University from 2004-08 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. His coaching career also got started at Wittenberg in the fall of 2008. Coad oversaw the defensive line, and special team units. He also helped with the strength and conditioning program.
After leaving his alma mater in 2012, Coad became a graduate assistant at Syracuse until 2014. He worked with the offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and special team units while with the Orange.
Syracuse went 15-11 from 2012-14 and walked away as winners of the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl. In 2013, they were Texas Bowl Champions.
Coad resides in Indianapolis with his wife Ashley and their daughter Cecilia.
Tight Ends Coach
Craig Neece joins the Butler football staff in March 2018 as the tight ends coach. Neece joins the Bulldogs after serving as the defensive line coach at Missouri Baptist University.
"We are excited to have Coach Neece join our staff," said Voris. "He has played for and coached with some very good football coaches. He will make a great addition to our staff."
Neece has served on the Missouri Baptist staff since 2017, developing weekly scouting reports, practice schedules and game breakdown, in addition to being the video coordinator.
Neece began his coaching career in 2016 at MacMurray College as the defensive line coach and the strength and conditioning coordinator. Neece was also a professional arena football player from 2016-17.
A graduate of DePauw in 2015, Neece earned his degree in kinesiology and was a four-year starter for the Tigers' football team. During his time at DePauw, Neece was named to the All-NCAC conference team and was a D3 Senior Classic participant.
Running Backs Coach
Matthew McCarroll will serve as the Butler football running backs coach for the upcoming 2019 season. McCarroll most recently coached at Marian University.
McCarroll completed his bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State in 2013 and received his master's degree in Recreation and Sport Pedagogy from Ohio University in 2015.
While at Ohio, McCarroll served as a graduate assistant and was in charge of filming spring practices and breaking down film for position coaches. He then came to Indianapolis in August 2015 and was hired as the receivers coach at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.
McCarroll was in charge of breaking down opponent film for the offense and served as the point person for prospective student-athletes and their families on visits. Following his time at Brebeuf, McCarroll spent one season at DePauw University as the running backs coach.
He is a member of the AFCA and USA Football.
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