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The longtime educator and coach is passionate about both soccer and academics



Clackamas High School has named longtime educator and coach Brian Buttler to head up its boys soccer program.

JOHN DENNY - Clackamas High Schools new boys soccer coach Brian Buttler talks with prospective high school players Andy Flores (center) and Kyle Schwer about upcoming camps.A 1991 graduate of La Salle High School, Buttler has a passion for working with young people. He has taught at all levels, kindergarten through high school; and he’s coached during most of his tenure as an educator — middle school track and field, basketball and soccer; and high school soccer and track and field.

Buttler, 43, comes from the David Douglas School District, where he has taught and coached for most of the past 20 years. Buttler is in his eighth year as a physical education and health teacher at David Douglas High School, where he was head boys soccer coach for four years (fall of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and jayvee boys soccer coach three seasons. He was head boys soccer coach at Portland’s Jefferson High School in 2012 and 2013.

David Douglas last fall placed second only to Central Catholic in the Mt. Hood Conference. David Douglas finished last season with an overall record of 14-3-0, it’s only loss in league in a 1-0 barnburner with Central Catholic, which went on to win the 2015 Class 6A state title.

Buttler returns to coaching and teaching this summer, after taking a year off to tour Europe.

“I wanted to get involved in a program that first and most has academics as a priority,” Buttler says. “That’s why I came here — the classroom piece. I believe that attendance in school and success in academics go hand in hand with success in athletics. Hard work in the classroom translates into hard work on the athletic field....

“It caught my eye when I was walking through the [Clackamas High School] gym and saw how many times the school has won the Dairy Farmers awards for academics. And it’s not just in soccer, it’s in sports across the board.”

As goals, Buttler says: “I’d like all of the kids in our program to graduate with above average GPA. We want our athletes to be role models within our school and community. We want them to be known and respected as hard workers who always give their best, in the classroom and on the field.

“And, if we could win some hardware along the way, that would be awesome!”

Buttler added, “Short-term, we want to compete for the conference championship this year. I think we’ll be in the mix. Ironically, David Douglas is also likely to be one of those teams in the mix....

“Long and short term, “I’d like a good turnout. And we want to develop kids from jayvee two so that they can move up to varsity.”

Buttler says he would like the high school program to be all-inclusive.

“We’d like to get the Latinos involved,” he said. “We want to represent the entire Clackamas community, not just the club players. We want to get the word out that everyone is welcome.”

Buttler said that part of the reason he was able to help develop competitive programs at David Douglas and at Jefferson was because he was able to recruit Mexican and European youth who don’t normally play high school soccer to join the high school programs.

The two years before he joined the high school program at David Douglas, Buttler says, the Scots finished last in the Mt. Hood Conference. They made the state playoffs all four years that he was head soccer coach at Douglas.

Buttler played in a successful soccer program at La Salle. During his four year’s at the school the Falcons were perennial conference champions and they played Catlin Gabel for the 3A/2A/1A state title his senior year.

Buttler has other local roots. As a youth he played soccer in the inaugural South Clackamas Rockets program, the first competitive premier level club in the Clackamas area.

Buttler holds degrees and certifications from Portland State University (bachelor of arts, 1996), Pacific University (masters in teaching and physical education, 1998) and George Fox University (administrative certification, 2002). He says he has a goal of someday becoming an athletic director. He holds a USSF “A” License and a NSCAA “Premier Diploma.”

He has served as Senior Director of program quality and impact with the Boys & Girls Club in Portland.

“My passion’s athletics,” he said, while standing on the artificial turf field at Clackamas. “This is a classroom to me.”

Buttler has assembled his coaching staff. Clackamas High alumnus Anthony Harmon (2004) returns to the Cavalier program as coach of the jayvee team.

Clackamas High graduate Casey Carstensen, a local math and business teacher, has signed on to coach the jayvee-two team.

Former Jefferson High School girls soccer coach (fall 2011, 2012, 2013) Stew Yaguda, who has 20 years of coaching experience, is a varsity assistant.

Gilmer Gongora, who comes from the Estacada high school and club programs, is working with the jayvee teams. He is the current coach of the Eastside Timbers.

And the Cavaliers will tap the talents of Nick Irwin to train their goalkeepers. A senior at the University of Portland, Irwin has assisted in the Wilson High School program the past two seasons. His father, Bill Irwin, is the director of soccer and the head men’s soccer coach at the University of Portland.

As a senior at Wilson High School, Irwin was “goalkeeper of the year” in the PIL. He holds a current USSF E license and is in the process of obtaining his D license.

Buttler, his staff and players plan to host three youth soccer camps this summer.

A youth camp for grades 1-5 is scheduled for June 13-16; a middle school camp for sixth through eighth graders will run July 20-23; and a conditioning camp for seventh and eighth grader boys is scheduled Aug. 3-6. Participants receive a Cavalier custom soccer ball, t-shirt and water bottle. Deadline for signing up for the camps is June 30. The camp fees range from $70 to $90. All proceeds of the camps go to the high school soccer programs.

To register for the camps, go to the high school boys soccer website at: http://clackamasathletics.com/hq/parent-page.

For additional information, contact coach Buttler at 971-269-7051.