Damian Anderson | Staff Writer
As of May 2017, Livermore High School has hired two new coaches. These coaches are already becoming popular in the Athletic Department, as Athletic Director James Petersdorf stated that “Coach Butler is doing a great job continuing to build a solid program,” and “Coach Wade has been a great addition to the staff.”
Coach Terry Butler isn’t new here at LHS–however, this is his first year being head coach of the Varsity football team. Coach Butler came over to LHS last year after eight years of coaching for Granada’s football team.
“I’m excited. I’m glad I made the change,” said Butler. “I’m excited that I’m here. I’m excited about the kids, excited about the school, excited about the coaching staff. It’s [going to] be a fun year and hopefully many more to come.”
Butler also added, about what he enjoyed in the Varsity program, “I think there’s a genuine want and desire to be good again and I …enjoy working with the young men, and helping them become better young men, better versions of themselves.” His plans for the the program are “to continue to build, to continue to get better, [and] win everyday.”
Assistant Coach John Wade is the new offensive coordinator for the varsity team. He’s definitely not new to coaching as he’s racked up 21 years of experience: six years as Varsity Head Coach at Dublin High, and 15 years as a Varsity Coach for Miramonte High. Here at LHS, Wade enjoys the program and working with the kids.
Said Wade, “Since May when I started working with them they have been a really good group. And the coaching staff that’s in place here at all the levels–it’s been fun working with all the adults and the kids. So just continuing to work with everyone.”
According to Wade, his transfer from school to school was anything but a bumpy ride. “It’s been a really smooth transition: coaching and teaching,” he stated. “The department has been great. Everyone’s been really helpful and supportive whether it’s the teacher or the administration.”
Wade’s plans for the program are “trying to be a positive influence, trying to teach the game of football like I’ve been taught and how I’ve been brought up being coached and learning from other coaches. And hopefully that will translate to some success on the football field. And hopefully will win some games and hopefully the kids will learn some life lessons along the way.”
Both Wade and Butler are really excited to be here. They are, of course, intent on winning, but they also desperately want the students on the team to grow as people. LHS has been very welcoming to them, and, hopefully, this will be a good football season for learning and winning for Coaches Butler and Wade.
Header Credit: Mike Clapp (Livermore Granada Boosters)