Tim Schaffner begins his fourth season as Butler head coach and his 14th year overall with the Grizzlies. In addition to head coach, Schaffner is also the Grizzlies' defensive coordinator.
During the 2017 season, Butler finished 8-3 overall, runner-up in the Jayhawk Conference and had a final ranking of 17th in the NJCAA poll. The Grizzlies had a league-high 20 players named to the All-Jayhawk Conference team. Butler led the NJCAA in pass defense (98.4 y/pg), as well as leading the league in points allowed (16.4) and total yards allowed (214.5) per game. The Grizzlies were a perfect 4-0 against NJCAA ranked opponents, giving Schaffner an overall record of 9-2 against ranked teams.
In 2016, Schaffner guided Butler to the Salt City Bowl against Eastern Arizona. The Grizzlies were ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation and finished the year at No. 17 – the 19th straight season that Butler has finished ranked in the final NJCAA poll. Butler had 10 All-Jayhawk Conference selections – including NJCAA All-American wide receiver C.J. Sims. Schaffner also became the second fastest coach in Grizzlies’ history to record 10 wins, matching former Butler coaches Tom Saia and Troy Morrell.
Schaffner led the Grizzlies to a 9-2 record and a No. 5 ranking in the final NJCAA poll during his first season as head coach. He guided Butler to its 15th Jayhawk Conference title in 18 seasons.
In 2015, Butler recorded four wins against top-15 ranked opponents, including a road victory over top-ranked Coffeyville, which vaulted the Grizzlies into the top spot in the NJCAA poll the following week. Butler had 22 All-KJCCC selections, including eight first-team players – both of which were conference highs.
Since Schaffner’s arrival in 2005, Butler has an overall record of 125-25 (.833) – including a dominating .879 winning percentage (80-11) against Jayhawk Conference opponents. The Grizzlies won have nine conference titles and recorded back-to-back national championships (2007, 2008). Butler has made nine bowl appearances, including four national title games.
Under Schaffner, the Grizzlies have dominated conference foes and shut down opposing offenses. His “CHAOS TEMPO” brand of defense emphasizes fast, physical and swarming play that led the region in scoring defense, total defense and rushing defense for seven straight years, while finishing in the top two in every other major defensive category during that time period.
Schaffner’s defenses have posted 23 shutouts in his 13 seasons – nearly two per year. Four of those shutouts came during the 2007 season, including three games in a row when the defense went more than 15 straight quarters without allowing a score of any kind.
In six of his 13 seasons as defensive coordinator, Schaffner’s defense allowed an average of less than 10 points per game, an astounding statistic in today’s score-happy college game. In 2013, Butler allowed just 11.2 points per contest – including five games in which the opponent scored seven points or less.
Schaffner has been especially successful at making good players great, as Butler has had five Region VI Defensive Players of the Year since 2006 and three NJCAA Defensive Players of the Year. They include Austin Panter (2006, Michigan), Markus White (2007, Florida State), Scott Smith (2009, Texas Tech), Cornellius Carradine (2010, Florida State) and Owen Williams (2013, Tennessee) . Schaffner has coached 18 All-Americans, including Williams in 2013, and has had nine former players go on to careers in professional football.
Schaffner came to Butler from Eastern Arizona, where he was the Defensive Coordinator. Schaffner also coached at Jayhawk rival Garden City. During his tenure at Garden City, 19 defensive backs signed with NCAA Division I programs.
Prior to coaching at Garden City, Schaffner was the head coach at Ranger College in Texas in 2000. He was also the Defensive Coordinator at New Mexico Military Institute. He began his coaching career at Eastern New Mexico. Schaffner also spent two years in England as the co-head coach Essex Buccaneers, leading them to the national championship game.
Schaffner was a four-year starter in football and baseball and an All-America defensive back at Westmar College. He holds a Master's in Athletic Administration and a Bachelor’s in Physical Education from Northwest Missouri State University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Westmar College.
Schaffner is married to the former Holly Maupin. They are the parents of a daughter, Tommie, and a son, Brady.
The following is a statement from Schaffner:
“I am excited for the opportunity to stay at Butler as the leader of the football program. I’m excited and humbled by the challenges that lie ahead of us.
I am proud of the work we've done here and I look forward to carrying on the strong traditions that make Butler special. We will strive for us to maintain the integrity and class that has come to define this program over the past 17 years.
“I want to thank our president, Dr. Kim Krull, and the entire Butler community, Vice President Bill Rinkenbaugh and athletic director Todd Carter, for their support over the past 10 years and their confidence in me moving forward.
“I would also like to thank my wife Holly and all my family for their unwavering support during my career, not only at Butler but also in the years leading up to this great opportunity.
“I want to thank Troy Morrell for giving me the opportunity to join the Grizzly family 10 years ago. Without his influence and guidance, I would not be here today. He has been a great friend, a mentor and I have learned volumes from him. He will be missed each day and I hope we can continue to represent Butler Community College with the competitive fire and class that has come to define Troy and the entire Grizzly football program.
“I also want to say thank you to Steve Braet for everything he's done over the past 30-plus years for this program, for me and for the hundreds, if not thousands, of players whose lives he's touched over the years. I am both blessed and honored to work alongside such a great man and I cannot imagine doing this job without him by my side.
“Lastly, I want to thank the Grizzly players, both past and present, who have helped accomplish so much here at Butler. We will do our best to honor their achievements and uphold their legacy as we begin working towards the 2015 season and beyond.”
|Record at Butler||Championships won:||Bowl Games as a coach:|
|2005||9-2||9 Conference Championships||1999||Canon Empire Bowl|
|2006||11-1||7 Region VI Championships||2001||Valley of the Sun Bowl|
|2007||12-0||2 National Titles (2007, 2008)||2002||Valley of the Sun Bowl|
|2008||11-1||2005||Top of the Mountains Bowl|
|2009||8-3||2006||Dalton Defenders Bowl|
|2010||11-1||Has Coached:||2007||Top of the Mountains Bowl|
|2011||11-1||18 All-Americans||2008||Top of the Mountains Bowl|
|2012||11-1||5 Region VI Players of the Year||2010||Citizens Bank Bowl|
|2013||9-2||2 NCAA Division II Snow Bowl participants||2011||Citizens Bank Bowl|
|2014||8-3||2012||Graphic Edge Bowl|
|2015||9-2||A two-time national Defensive Back of the Year||2013||Graphic Edge Bowl|
|2016||7-5||2016||Salt City Bowl|
|Noteworthy players coached at Butler:||Noteworthy Kansas players:|
|Cornellius Carradine||Florida State||Elbert Mack||Troy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Markus White||Florida State||Zac Clark||Oregon|
|Rudell Crim||Arkansas||Austin Panter||Michigan|
|Toddrick Verdell||Florida State||Tyler Jessen||Louisville|
|Austin Panter||Michigan||Daniel Howard||Texas Tech|
|Kendrick Harper||Kansas||Chaquil Reed||Kansas State|
|Chris Campa||Louisville||Gabe Luna||Iowa State|
|Maurice Gray||Oklahoma State||Luke Stone||Indiana|
|Scott Smith||Texas Tech||Tommy Phelps||Memphis|
|Swanson Miller||Oklahoma State||Torrell Saffold||South Florida|
|Tommy Sanders||Ohio State||Ian Knight||Washington State|
|Rahmon Swain||South Florida||James Schneider||Bowling Green|
|Roland Johnson||Minnesota||Nick Cook||UNC-Charlotte|
|Demarcus Lawrence||Boise State||Kyle Woodall||Sam Houston State|
|Owen Williams||Tennessee||Garret Schultz||Temple|
|Will Honas||Nebraska||Dominick Dingle||Appalachian State|
|Noteworthy players coached at other schools:|
|Justin McKinney||Kansas State, St. Louis Rams|
|Cedrick Williams||Kansas State, Houston Texans, Calgary|
|Alvin Bowen||Iowa State, Buffalo Bills|
|Derrick Pope||Alabama, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings|
|Asa Francis||New York Giants|
|Conrad Hamilton||New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons|