Jeff Voris is entering his eighth season as Butler’s head
coach and for the second time in four years, he’s coming off
a championship campaign. He guided the Bulldogs to an 8-3
record, including a seven-game winning streak, and a share of the
Pioneer Football League crown in 2012. It was Butler’s
third title as a Division I football program, and it came in a year
when the Bulldogs were picked seventh in the PFL’s preseason
Voris, who stands fourth on Butler’s all-time list for coaching victories (41), is no stranger to success. He owns Butler’s single season record for victories, and he’s the only coach in school history to lead the Bulldogs to a postseason victory! Both of those accomplishments came in 2009, when he directed the most successful football season in school history! Voris, who improved the Bulldogs’ win total in each of his first four seasons, took the 2009 Butler team, picked fifth in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll, and guided it to an 11-1 campaign, a tie for the PFL championship and Butler’s first-ever post-season victory. The 11 wins set a Butler single season record and tied the PFL single season mark, and the league title was Butler’s first since 1994. Butler also tied the existing PFL record for league wins (7), while setting a record for home wins (7) and completing an unbeaten Butler Bowl slate. The Bulldogs picked up the post-season win with a 28-23 victory over Central Connecticut State in the 2009 Gridiron Classic, a post-season game matching the champions of the PFL and the Northeast Conference. Voris guided the Bulldogs to nine straight wins to start the season, matching the Butler record for consecutive victories and making the 2009 Bulldogs just the third football squad in school history to own a 9-0 record. Included in that opening stretch was a 23-14 victory over Valparaiso in the annual Hoosier Helmet Trophy game. Appropriately, Voris was named the PFL Coach of the Year.
The historic 2009 Butler campaign came one year after Voris guided the Bulldogs to a 6-5 record, the program’s first winning season in more than a decade! The six wins were Butler’s most since 1997 and the second-most since the Bulldogs moved to Division I in 1993. And Butler’s four league wins tied the Bulldogs’ highest PFL win total to that point! The successful campaign came just one year after Voris guided Butler to a 4-7 mark in just his second season at the helm. The four victories were the most by a Butler football team since 2002 and marked another step forward for the program. In 2006, his first season as Butler’s head coach, Voris guided the Bulldogs to a 3-8 mark and a tie for fifth place in the PFL. His first victory at Butler snapped an 18-game losing streak by the Bulldogs, and the team’s three total wins matched Butler’s victory total for the previous three seasons combined.
A former record-setting quarterback at DePauw University, Voris was named the 24th head football coach at Butler in December of 2005. He previously had served as head coach at Carroll (Wis.) College for five seasons, following assistant coaching stints at Edinboro, DePauw, Texas and Illinois.
Voris spent five seasons rebuilding the football program at Carroll. His first team in 2001 had just 51 players. In 2005 with the squad size up to 111 players, he guided the Pioneers to a 6-4 record and a third place finish in the Midwest Conference. It was Carroll’s first winning season since 1996, and the Pioneers’ six league wins tied the school record for most MWC wins.
During his five campaigns at Carroll, Voris coached one second team All-American, one honorable mention All-American, 11 first team all-conference players and 30 academic all-conference performers. He coached an all-conference quarterback in four of his five seasons. Carroll teams broke 10 school records for offense and special teams during his tenure, and his 2005 squad ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III in punt return average.
Voris took the Carroll head coaching position after spending one season on the staff of head coach Lou Tepper at Edinboro. He previously served under head coach Nick Mourouzis at DePauw. During his four seasons as offensive coordinator at DePauw, the Tigers compiled a 29-11 record, won one conference championship and posted four consecutive wins over Wabash in the Monon Bell Classic. He coached an all-conference quarterback in 1996 and 1997, and DePauw ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III in passing offense in 1996. DePauw also ranked first in Division III in turnover margin in 1996 and eighth in turnover margin in 1998. He was the head junior varsity coach at DePauw in 1994-95, and he served as strength and conditioning coach for the Tigers in all six seasons.
Voris began his collegiate coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Illinois. During his two seasons with the Illini, he assisted with defensive backs and outside linebackers. He later spent two seasons at Texas, where he worked with wide receivers and the offensive line.
The Butler coach was a four-year starting quarterback at DePauw, 1986-89. He was a three-time team Most Valuable Player and a team captain in 1989. He earned honorable mention All-America recognition in 1988 and 1989, and he still holds DePauw career football records for most passing yards (6,035), most touchdown passes (56), most pass completions (504), most pass attempts (910) and total offense (5,754). He set single game records with 38 completions against Findlay in 1987 and five touchdown passes against Taylor in 1988, and he’s the only player in DePauw football history to lead the Tigers in passing for four consecutive seasons! He was inducted into the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Voris earned a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from DePauw in 1989 and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Illinois in 1991. He and his wife, Julie, are parents of three children, Jenna (17), Josie (15) and Jessy (12).
Career Record: 56-71 (12 seasons)
Butler Record: 41-37 (7 seasons)