Monday, January 18, 2010

Butler's Newsome named national prep football coach of the year

Butler High football coach Mike Newsome, who led his team to a 15-0 season and the school's first state championship, is MaxPreps national high school football coach of the year.

Butler whipped Fayetteville Britt 48-17 in the N.C. 4AA championship last month, finishing off a postseason run where the Bulldogs averaged 52 points and had the largest margin of victory in the 4AA championship since Independence beat Fayetteville South View 41-7 in 2004.

Three times in the same season, Butler got the biggest win it ever got. The Bulldogs rallied from 14 points down to beat state power Richmond Senior. Butler twice beat nationally ranked Independence, by seven points at the Patriots home field and then in a 38-14 rout in the state semifinals.

Independence didn't score in the second half of the second win, and it had been more than 10 years since a Tom Knotts-coached team had been stopped like that.

And it kick-started a postseason run of awards for Newsome and his team.

Newsome was named All-Observer coach of the year. Quarterback Christian LeMay won Gatorade N.C. player of the year, Observer offensive player of the year and was named MaxPreps national junior of the year. For the season, LeMay threw for 3,296 yards and 44 touchdowns against only two interceptions. He was a first team MaxPreps All-American.

The 27-man N.C. Associated Press all-state team had four Butler players on it: LeMay, receiver Anthony Short, offensive lineman Kendall Lamm and defensive back Nate Charest.

The team finished ranked in the top 10 of many national polls and Thursday, the school will get the National Guard National Ranking trophy. Butler finished No. 8 in MaxPreps national poll and is one of 50 schools being honored in this season's Tour of Champions. The trophy will be presented during a noon pep rally Wednesday.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is using a word like "whipped" really the level of journalism you folks aspire to?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Coach Newsome. Well deserved honor.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if that rookie coach somewhere in s.c. ever won this award while at indy ,wc,or harding?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Coach Newsome. A well earned honor! A shame we will be losing someone of your caliber, but good luck in the future.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Coach Newsome and congratulations to the entire Butler Team - JOB WELL DONE!

As for the press writing snob: "Whipped" sums it up very well... but if "Blew Out", "Dominated", or "Completely Destroyed" works for you or even some other word from the Thesaurus, insert it mentally while you read. Sometimes taking things a little less serious is ok, especially in an article about high school sports.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Coach Newsome! We’ve known all along he was a class act and great coach! You deserve this honor! We love our Bulldogs!

Anonymous said...

I agree. How can you possibly get so uptight at a word used to describe something involving a freaking game?? Can we please get over ourselves in this county?

Anonymous said...

Can someone clarify the post that said "its a shame we will be losing you"? Is he going somewhere?

Anonymous said...

As someone ask "if the rookie coach womewhere in SC ever won this award?" referring to Mr. Knotts. I would like to say MaxPreps is what it is, congrats to Mr. Newsome. But Mr. Knotts won the National Coach of the year from football writers, not message board writers.

Anonymous said...

Can't Coach Newsome just be given the credit he's due without having to bring in anything about the other coach...just like the Bulldogs winning the State 4AA without someone having something negative to say about it because of the 'other' CMS team...

Coach Newsome and the Bulldogs deserve to have the spotlight all to themselves! We are proud of all the hard work you have done!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Coach Newsome....

Congrats on WHIPPING anyone and EVERYONE!!! Go Bulldogs. You make us proud!

眼淚 said...

Every why has a wherefore.........................................

Anonymous said...

Where is coach Newsome going? Well, use your head. CMS pays him 4k to coach...he has to stand in a science room all day. Knotts will retire from CMS and make 105k to just coach. Newsome will be in Alabama or Florida within a year at the latest. He should go now (he's got his ring) while his name is hot. Anything can happen.

Anonymous said...

Well he has also said that he doesnt do this for the money. I give him the benefit of the doubt, and believe that. knotts also retired from NC, Newsome isnt close to that yet. I tend to give him more credit than most though, I played for him. He is a better man than most of the people on here give him credit for. I do not expect my opinion to change anyone elses, though.

Anonymous said...

Newsome's coaching job wasn't that impressive. When you have a team staqcked with talent you should win! What's so great about that?

This isn't the first year he had superior talent on his team. Look at the division I players that came from Butler over the last 4 years!

Anonymous said...

A good coaching staff knows how to use its talent for the benefit of all. Congrats to the whole coaching staff and their leader. Very proud of all involved in making a champion team. Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bulldogs and congrats for the many awards you are receiving.

Anonymous said...

Newsome is a geat coach now. It takes anyone time to get it right. Knotts started in 88 and did not win his first until 95 and many said a few other of his WC teams was better than that one. Many people have fail with talent and less not forget that INDY was the only team that stood in his way. Many would did loose to INDY in that run with talent.

Anonymous said...

All coaches wants to get paid for what WE do. Newsome may say it is not about the money, but it is about his time. Most coaches in CMS or NC would take getting out of the classroom over more money. Also most would love for it to be about football 365 days a year. NC is not there yet.

Anonymous said...

Well, Florida don't pay coaches even what NC pays so I doubt he would be going to Florida to coach..They make much less than NC to coach.....

Anonymous said...

Interviewing Newsome at Russellville Alabama Today probably down to him and Chambles from MS Hope we get Newsome sounds like a great Coach to carry on The Golden Tiger Tradition