Heritage Academy names new football coach




Heritage Academy has promoted Brad Butler to be its new football coach. 


The 31-year-old Butler accepted the promotion Monday after being Heritage Academy''s offensive line coach this past season. 


Butler replaces Lee Davis, who resigned three weeks ago. Davis was 5-17 in two years as the coach of the Patriots. 


"I''m excited about it," Butler said of his first job as a head coach. "I''ve been here and around these kids. I kind of knew what I was getting into. The kids are excited or seem to be anyway about what we''re doing."  


Prior to becoming the offensive line coach at Heritage Academy, Butler was the strength coach of the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League from February to July of 2008.  


He was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State from 2006-07. 


"The thing about life is you''ve got to wait on your opportunity, and we really feel this is his opportunity to take this thing and get it rolling," Heritage Academy Athletic Director Bruce Allsup said. "You always think somebody doesn''t have experience, but you just know when somebody can take a job and get it done, and we''re very confident he can do that." 


Butler is in his second tenure at Heritage Academy. He was the defensive coordinator on the 2005 team that played for the MPSA Class AAA, Division II championship. 


Prior to the first stint at the school, Butler coached the offensive and defensive lines at his alma mater, Starkville Academy, from 1998-2004. 


"Coach Butler is one of the top young coaches in our association," Allsup said. "I think he''s got potential to be one of the great coaches. I like the way he handles his kids. I like his knowledge of the game. He''s got all the ingredients to be a very successful coach for a very long time." 


Butler is the son of David Butler, who had been the football coach at Winston Academy in Louisville, Central Academy in Macon, and Starkville Academy. 


"I''ve been around football my whole life," Butler said. "Even though I haven''t been indirectly coaching it, I''ve been around it my whole life. (My father is) a great man, and he''s meant a whole lot to me. He showed me a lot through the years." 


Butler played for his father at Starkville Academy and graduated in 1995. 


MPSA Class A North Tournament 


At Marks 


n Immanuel 48, Deer Creek 44 (OT): Ross Moore had 12 points and seven rebounds, Justin James had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Nathan peoples had eight points, five rebounds, and four steals to help the Rams improve to 18-16. 


The Rams will play Delta Academy at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. 


n North Delta 50, Immanuel 24: Tara Baudoin had eight points, five rebounds, two assists, and six steals in the Lady Rams'' finale. 


Katy-Whitten Davidson added six points and 10 rebounds for Immanuel (5-16). 


Class 3A-Division 2 




At Nettleton 


n Aberdeen (25-4) beat South Pontotoc 56-36 to help it advance to face Nettleton, which defeated Louisville 54-12 earlier Monday, in the next round of the tournament. 


In another game, Amory (15-9) beat Winona 68-44. 


Class 1A-District 5 




At East Webster 


n East Oktibbeha 47, West Lowndes 45 (OT): Cierra Ferguson had 16 points Monday night to help East Oktibbeha advance to face top-seeded Weir at 4 p.m. Thursday. 


n East Webster 60, French Camp 37: Iyeshia Thomas had 16 points to help East Webster set up a matchup against West Oktibbeha at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. 


n West Oktibbeha 39, Montgomery County 35: Shamia Robinson had 15 points, Andrea Brown had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and LaQuita Shumpert had 10 points to help West Oktibbeha advance. 


n In private school playoff soccer action, Starkville Academy lost to Presbyterian Christian 4-0 in a first-round game to end its season at 7-9. 


In Alabama prep basketball playoff action, Berry beat South Lamar 65-40 in Class 1A-Area 10 action, Hale County beat Pickens County 59-57 in Class 2A-Area 7 action, and Sulligent defeated Lamar County 66-61 in Class 2A-Area 11 action. 


Staff Reports were included in this report.



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