Tim Cooper Named Assistant Football Coach At Butler

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Former Miami (Ohio) and Carroll College football assistant Tim Cooper has been named an assistant football coach at Butler University.  The new Butler coach will serve as a co-Defensive Coordinator for the Pioneer Football League champion Bulldogs.

Cooper served as defensive secondary coach at Miami (Ohio), 2004-2008, helping the RedHawks to three Mid-American Conference East championships.  He previously had served as defensive secondary and linebackers coach at Carroll, 2001-2003, where he worked under current Butler head coach Jeff Voris.  Most recently, Cooper served as defensive quality control-secondary at Indiana University.

“We are very excited to have Tim joining our staff,” said Voris.  “With (current assistant coach) Joe Cheshire being promoted to Defensive Coordinator, Tim as co-Coordinator provides a great compliment because of his experience.  Coop is an outstanding teacher and will bring a lot of energy to our program.  He is a tireless worker who has a way of bringing the best out of those around him.”

Cooper began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at DePauw University in 1997.  He accepted a position assisting with the defensive secondary at the University of Rhode Island in 1999 and then took a graduate assistant position at the University of Connecticut in 2000.  Cooper also served one season as a graduate assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) in 2003, helping the RedHawks to a 13-1 record, a Mid-American Conference championship, a berth in the GMAC Bowl and a #10 national ranking.

A three-year defensive starter as a player at DePauw, Cooper earned four varsity football letters and helped the Tigers to the 1996 Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.  He was the Defensive Most Valuable Player for the 101st Monon Bell Game, and he served as team captain for the 1996 squad, which broke 27 school records and led the NCAA Division III in turnover margin.  Cooper earned a B.A. degree from DePauw in 1997 and a master’s degree from Indiana State University in 1999.