The 2019 season will be the seventh for Luke Butts as an assistant coach at his alma mater and eighth at the collegiate level. It will also be his third year as the Foresters' defensive coordinator and seconds as inside linebackers coach after directing the cornerbacks for the previous five seasons. In addition, Butts was Lake forest's special teams coordinator for five years and continues to serve as the staff’s recruting coordinator.
Under the direction of Butts, four defensive players earned All-Midwest Conference South Division honors in 2018 and the unit had a First Team selection at all three levels for the second year in a row. Forester defensive players have now been listed among the league's best nine times in the last two seasons. Inside linebackers on the team combined for nearly 200 tackles in 2018, including a team-high-tying 74 by Charlie Timmerman.
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 eight punts, eight field goals, and a pair of extra points in the last three seasons, twice ranking among the top 30 in the nation in the two categories combined.
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.