Holy Trinity head cross country coach Doug Butler has more state titles than any other coach in... - 10:19 pm
, track and cross country coach at Holy Trinity Academy
in Melbourne, is proud of the 11 state trophies his
runners have won, but he
says the true credit goes to the hard-working athletes. / Rik Jesse/FLORIDA TODAY
Doug Butler, coach at Holy Trinity Academy in Melbourne, with the state trophies his runners have won. / Rik Jesse, FLORIDA TODAY
About Doug Butler
Four-time Class 1A cross country champ Kayla Hale on her life and times with Doug Butler
"It does not surprise me in the least that in the last 10 years or so, Coach Butler has reached this level of success.
love for the sport, love for the kids, and competitive nature are unmatched.
I can think of no more deserving coach, and I feel very proud and honored to be a part of the tradition.
"In seven years you grow up a lot, and he
witnessed that in me from sixth grade until the time I graduated, and even now I greatly enjoy running with him over breaks and catching up.
It's hard to think about not having him or running in my life, but without this team and his
encouragement, my life might look very different.
Coach Butler has a gift; he always knew what he needed to say to keep me motivated and believing myself … "
MELBOURNE - Doug Butler has more state high school cross country team championships to his credit than any other coach in Florida history.
But don't expect the intense, driven, yet personable, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
coach and Melbourne resident to take any credit for the 11 titles, the most recent of which was won by his
boys team on Nov. 19.
directs the kudos to those he
believes are deserving: his
"To me, it's not about the 11 titles," Butler
said standing on a small footbridge in an idyllic corner of the North Melbourne campus that is part of the school's cross country course.
"Coach Butler made me what I am today, it's as simple as that," Kilgore wrote in an email.
"Everyone probably thinks that Coach Butler and I have had some magical bond since I first met him, but this is not true.
Like all great things in life, Coach Butler and I had to work on our cohesiveness throughout the first couple of years.
"I think Doug
is a great motivator with his
passion for the sport of running," Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr.
Holy Trinity head cross country coach Doug Butler has more state titles than any other coach in Florida, but that's not the bottom line.