Warren Butler may be just getting started as the new head football coach at Wilson, but he certainly isn’t unfamiliar with two of the key ingredients that can lead him to success.
By family association, he’s intimately familiar with the area. His family has roots in both Wilson and nearby Ringling, where he grew up.
“All five of my mom’s brothers came from Wilson,” Butler said. “I was born in Ringling. I know this area very well.”
The other is the pedigree, the football knowledge necessary to take a program like Wilson to the next level.
Having a father in the coaching business tends to help that.
“It’s just something I’ve been around my whole life,” Butler said. “When you grow up in the business, You seem to understand the work ethic better.”
That is certainly something that Wilson fans are hoping Butler can bring to the table. His style will be based on the traits he himself showed as a linebacker and halfback at Idabel, a rough and tough system that will demand effort and intensity from his players.
Defensively, Butler will look to utilize a 4-4 and 5-3, dedicating resources to the trenches.
“On defense, we want to stop the run first, up front,” Butler said. “I’d be okay giving up some size in the backend to stop the running game.”
Offensively, the team will have an emphasis on a smashmouth rushing attack, run out of a variety of I-formations and one-back.
But that won’t stop Butler from using the spread.
“A lot of the traditional ideas, like the wishbone, don’t really work anymore except at certain places,” Butler said. ‘The game changes so much that you have to adapt.”
Some things, however, never change. Like Butler’s motto, and the focal point of what he wants the Wilson football team to emphasize.
“The attitude of a winner is that you never, ever, ever quit,” Butler said. “It doesn’t mean you’ll win that ball game, but if you play like that, you set the foundation to win in the future.”
For now, Butler is looking to establish a foundation with the kids he has on campus, and early results, according to Butler, have been promising.
“The response from the kids has been very positive,” Butler said. “We don’t really know what we’re working with yet, but it’s a start.”
Butler has also given credit to the administration and parents for creating a great environment for players and coaches to grow together.
“The facilities, and the things the community is doing to change the appearance and feel of the school, it looks like the administration is trying to improve,” Butler said. “We’ve got a really good group of kids coming, and we have to have a foundation to build on.”
With so little time to get started, Butler is aware of how crucial the precious few weeks of fall camp will be to his team’s success.
“It’s going to be very crucial in fall camp,” Butler said. “The main thing is you aren’t going to get the chance to evaluate them, because we’ll be so busy installing.
“There are some things that will take time, but I feel good about what we can do.”