When it comes running the day-to-day tasks of the LSU football program off the field, the Tigers are in good hands with third year assistant athletic director for football administration Mack Butler.
Butler, who enters his eighth season with Les Miles, along with longtime football operations director Sam Nader, gives LSU two of the most respected and knowledgeable men in the business on the Tiger football staff.
A 2004 Oklahoma Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, Butler is a 36-year coaching veteran who has proven his worth, both on the field as a coach and now off the field as an administrator.
Butler continues to serve on the Director of Football Operations National Committee in 2008, representing district four.
Butler joined LSU in the spring of 2005, coming to Baton Rouge after serving as the director of football operations at Oklahoma State under Miles for four years. Prior to his four years at Oklahoma State, Butler served a 12-year stint at Tulsa, coaching on both sides of the ball. After 11 years on the field, Butler got his start in football administration in 2000 at Tulsa, serving as the Golden Hurricane’s director of football operations.
As a member of the Tulsa coaching staff, Butler coached the defensive secondary for eight years, served as the tight ends coach for two years and coached the defensive ends for one season.
Among his more notable players at Tulsa include Tracy Scroggins, a second round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and Todd Franz, a fifth round selection in the 2000 draft by the Lions. Butler also coached three players who earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors.
Prior to arriving at Tulsa, Butler was an assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where he coached the defensive secondary as well as serving as recruiting coordinator. Butler coached four All-America selections at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, including Ben Smith, who was a first round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1990.
Butler coached in the Oklahoma High School system for numerous years before making the jump to the college ranks at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
Butler is a 1972 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State in 1986.
The Mack Butler File
Year at LSU: Fourth
Birthdate: Sept. 27, 1949
High School: Fairfax (Okla.) HS
College: Central Oklahoma, ’72
Post-Graduate: Southeastern Oklahoma, ’86
1972-75 Stigler High School (assistant coach)
1976-81 McAlester High School (assistant coach)
1982-85 Wilburton High School (head coach)
1986-88 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (assistant coach, recruiting coordinator)
1989-2000 Tulsa (defensive backs, tight ends, defensive ends; director of football operations, 2000)
2001-04 Oklahoma State (director of football operations)
2005-Present LSU (assistant AD/football administration)