Luke Butts returned to his alma mater in 2013 and has added defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator to his positional duties. After five years working with the Forester cornerbacks, he will direct the inside linebackers this fall. He also serves as the staff’s recruting coordinator and is in his seventh year as an assistant coach at the collegiate level.
Five defensive players, including a first team selection at all three levels, earned All-Midwest Conference South Division honors in 2017, the first for Butts as defensive coordinator. His cornerbacks conbined for more than 100 tackles and six of the team’s 15 interceptions. Trevor Bain became the fourth cornerback Butts has coached to all-conference honors.
The Foresters have excelled on special teams under Butts’ direction. Returner Alex Pasiewicz was named First Team All-American in 2016 after tying for the national lead with three kickoff return touchdowns and two scores bringing back punts. He was also in the top 20 in the country in combined kick return yards, yards per kickoff return, and yards per punt return. Lake Forest has blocked seven punts and six field goals in the last two seasons, ranking among the top 30 in the nation in the two categories combined both years. R.J. Pompey was named First Team All-MWC for his work on special teams each of the last two seasons and Third Team All-American by D3football.com in that role in 2016.
Before returning to Lake Forest, Butts spent the fall of 2012 as the outside linebackers coach at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. The Raiders’ outside linebackers combined for 135 tackles on the season, including 22 tackles for loss and four sacks. They also had an interception and forced and recovered three fumbles.
A 2012 graduate of Lake Forest College, Butts started every game at safety each of his four years and finished his career with 329 tackles, the fourth-highest total in program history. His 10 career interceptions also rank seventh in team annals. Butts earned All-MWC honors three times, including first team accolades as a senior. He also served as a team captain and was named Third Team All-West Region by D3football.com his final season.
Butts was also successful in the classroom, earning Academic All-MWC honors each year he was eligible for the distinction, and was selected by Lake Forest’s head coaches as the recipient of the Nick Wasylik Senior Athletic Award.
He and his wife Danielle, a 2012 graduate of the College, reside in nearby Gurnee.