By Dr. David Davis
When a coach is nominated for “Coach of the Year” honors for the Touchdown Club of Houston, it means you are one of the elite coaches in the Houston area.
This year, Shadow Creek head coach Brad Butler was nominated with nine other coaches for this distinguished honor.
Butler was listed as a finalist with the following coaches: Kevin Hall, Manvel, Gary Joseph, Katy, Greg McCaig, Cypress Creek, Adrian Mitchell, Klein Collins, Todd McVey, Tompkins, Matt Meekins, Westfield, John Snelson, Dickinson, Craig Stump, Atascocita, and James Williams, Marshall.
All of the coaches named as finalists are some of the best-of-the-best in the Houston area and all guided their teams to the playoffs.
Last year’s winner was Jon Kay of North Shore who guided his team to the 2018 Class 6A Div. I state title over Duncanville in one of the most dramatic wins in the history of the state championship. North Shore won on the final play of the game on a Hail Mary pass to bring the trophy back to the Houston area.
A coach who wins the “Coach of the Year” honor cannot be nominated again for five years which is the reason that Kay is not listed as one of this year’s finalists. North Shore will once again meet Duncanville in this year’s state final in a rematch.
The coaches who were finalists certainly deserve consideration for the award, but probably none deserve it more than Shadow Creek head coach Brad Butler as he was named “Coach of the Year” by the Touchdown Club of Houston last week.
Shadow Creek is only in their second year of varsity football and they have suffered only one loss in their young history and that was to three-time state champion Highland Park last year in the state title game to finish 15-1.
In 2019, the Sharks are 15-0 and have advanced to the state championship game once again to face the Denton Ryan Raiders (15-0) on Friday, December 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 7:00 p.m. They will be playing for the 2019 Class 5A Div. I state championship.
Butler is 30-1 as the head coach of the Sharks and has proven to be one of the elite young coaches in the state.
Shadow Creek won the District 10-5A-I championship and the 5A Div. I Region III title while winning the 5A Div. I state semifinal contest with just one more game to go.
The Sharks have been on a quest to return to the state championship game as they have some unfinished business from a year ago.
Butler has not only seen his teams win on the field, but he is a staunch believer in developing character, integrity, honesty, hard work, commitment, and dedication in the life of each player.
The Sharks have proven that they have no quit in their game and they have been taught by Butler and his outstanding coaching staff that each player has to play the full 48 minutes as a team.
Congratulations to coach Butler on such a great honor. We wish the Sharks much success as they face Denton Ryan.