Millbrook Names New Boys' Basketball Coach

Posted: May 9, 2013

Following is the release sent by Frederick County Public Schools on the hiring of Millbrook's new boys' basketball coach.
Millbrook High School has named Derek Butler its new boys’ varsity basketball coach.  Butler is coming to Millbrook from Hoke County High School in Raeford, North Carolina.  He succeeds Scott Mankins who resigned as Millbrook’s boys’ varsity basketball coach in March after 10 years of leading the Pioneers.
Butler says, “I’m looking forward to moving to Virginia and becoming part of the Millbrook High School community.  I’m excited to begin working with the student-athletes, parents and school administration to build upon the success the Millbrook boys’ basketball program has enjoyed in the past.” 

Butler has ten years of experience coaching high school basketball.  He currently serves as both an assistant coach for the boys’ varsity basketball team at Hoke County High School as well as the head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team.  The Hoke County varsity boys’ basketball team has enjoyed great success with Butler serving as an assistant coach.  The team has won back-to-back Southeastern Conference titles (2012 and 2013) and reached the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A Eastern Regional Final in 2012.  Over the past two seasons, the team has accumulated a record of 51-6. 

In addition to his basketball coaching experience, Butler has coached both boys’ (2004-current) and girls’ varsity soccer at Hoke County High School (boys’ varsity coach 2004-current; girls’ varsity coach 2004-2012).  As a soccer coach, he has been recognized five times as the North Carolina Mid-South/Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012) and twice as the North Carolina Region IV Regional Coach of the Year (2009-10 and 2012-13). 

Millbrook High School Principal Carolyn Butler says, “I’m looking forward to having Coach Butler join the team at Millbrook High School as both a teacher and coach.  He has a great deal of experience working with high school student-athletes and the teams he’s been involved with have enjoyed great success.  In addition, he has provided a study hall and tutoring for his players after school and prior to practices and games which indicates he understands the value of academics as well as athletics.”

Butler earned a bachelor’s degree at Bucknell University where he majored in secondary education with a concentration in political science.  He minored in economics.  Butler was an all-state player as a junior and senior at Jasper-Troupsburg Central School in Jasper, New York.  He also was a member of the basketball team at Bucknell from 1998-2002.  In addition to his basketball coaching duties, Butler will teach at Millbrook beginning in the 2013-14 school year.