Head Football Coach Mark Nofri announced the addition of Sacred Heart alum Bryan Butterworth '05 to the Pioneers coaching staff in 2013. Butterworth returns to SHU after coaching stints at Campbell University and the University of Massachusetts. He will once again coach the defensive backs this fall, as well as taking on the Pioneers special teams unit.
In 2012, Butterworth was the secondary coach and worked with the safeties at Campbell.
From 2008-11, Butterworth coached the safeties at UMass and aided the secondary to a 39th national finish in 2010. Two of the safeties he coached during his three years at the position were First Team All-CAA honorees. Butterworth came to UMass in 2007 as a Defensive Graduate Assistant. He worked directly with the program’s head coach, Don Brown, to coach a secondary that finished 34th nationally. He also assisted with the four special team units (kickoff, punt, punt return and field goal defense).
He worked with the team’s corners in 2011 in one of the toughest Football Championship Subdivision conferences in the country, as the CAA placed five teams into the FCS Playoff field. Butterworth coached the UMass cornerbacks in 2011 in a base 3-4 scheme. He also acted as the defensive sideline caller during the season.
As a player, Butterworth played two years at Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y. and two years at Sacred Heart University. At SHU, he was a two-time NEC All-Academic selection and a member of the NCAA Student-Athlete Academic Council. As a receiver he led the Pioneers with 36 catches for 403 yards as a senior in 2005.
Butterworth, a Scituate, Mass. native, graduated Cum Laude from Sacred Heart in 2005 with a degree in business.