Elite Runner and Coach Doug Butler Set to Be First Dual Inductee into Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame
By Chris Bonanno // January 27, 2020
Butler was inducted as an athlete in 2012 and will be inducted as a coach in 2020
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Elite runner and coach Doug Butler will be the first-ever two-time inductee into the Space Coast Hall of Fame on May 8 when the Class 0f 2020 is recognized during a ceremony at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Doug Butler will be the first-ever two-time inductee into the Space Coast Hall of Fame on May 8 when the Class 0f 2020 is recognized during a ceremony at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.
Butler, 56, who currently serves as cross country and track and field coach at Satellite and previously held those roles at Holy Trinity, will be inducted as a coach after being inducted in 2012 for his accomplishments as an elite amateur runner.
“Kind of speechless. It’s a huge honor. I didn’t expect it,” Butler said. “…I’m very honored with all of the phenomenal people that are already in the Hall.”
Butler is one of the most decorated coaches in Brevard high school sports history, as he’s been at the helm of an incredible 17 state champion cross country teams and six track & field squads.
He’s also coached over 30 individual state champions and 65 runners that have gone on to compete at in college, Butler says. Included among them is Kayla Hale, who is another Hall of Fame inductee.
“Talent overcoming coaching,” said Butler on why he’s had so much success.
“I’ve had a lot of great kids over the years. I have a huge passion for running and track, cross country. I’m a hard worker. I was raised by two great parents that taught me the value of hard work. I’ve had kids from the very beginning that brought into the program.”
The word “culture” is a term used by Butler to describe what he has successfully brought to his teams as a coach.
“It’s not about motivating kids, it’s about building a culture and teaching discipline because motivation kind of comes and goes so if you teach them the discipline of just training every day and they want to be successful, kids wants to be successful,” Butler said.
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“You’ve just got to show the kids that you care about them regardless of them being successful or not and if they know that you’re a friend to them and you want them to be successful both on the track and off the track, they’re going to work hard,” Butler added.
Academics are also at the forefront of Butler’s mind, as he not only instills those virtues in the mindsets of his players but also as a teacher at Satellite, where he serves as a social studies instructor.
“Academics, that’s far more important than running because they’re going to be ladies and gentlemen their entire life,” Butler noted.
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There’s also very good news ahead for Scorpions fans, with Butler indicating that he’d like to continue his coaching career for at least several more years.
“This is my 20th year coaching now,” Butler added.
“I plan at least the next five years to stay with it. I still have the love for the kids and the love for the sport of running so as long as I feel that I’m going to give them all I can and give them the same level that I have given for the past 20 years, then I’m going to stick with it.”
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