Announcements and Important Events
Briar Woods High School has named Derek Butler its new boys’ varsity basketball coach. Butler is currently a math teacher at Heritage High School and is coming to Briar Woods after assisting the varsity boys at Loudoun County the past two seasons. He succeeds Kip Shallis, who resigned as the boys’ varsity basketball coach after 4 years of leading the Falcons.
“I’m looking forward to becoming part of the Briar Woods’ community,” Butler stated. “I’m excited to begin working with the student-athletes, parents, and school administration to build a successful program that makes this community proud. Our coaches will help develop skilled student-athletes who compete at the highest level in Virginia’s 5A classification.”
Athletic Director Jerry Carter stated, “Coach Butler has the experience, work ethic, and knowledge to lead the Briar Woods Basketball Program. He has enjoyed success at all his previous coaching stops. His enthusiasm and energy that he brings to the game will be infectious to his players and his staff.”
Butler has fifteen years of experience coaching high school basketball. Prior to his past two seasons at Loudoun County, Butler was the head coach at Millbrook High School from 2013-16. Leading his team to two straight 4A regional appearances, Butler was named Winchester Star Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year (2014-15) and Conference 21A Coach of the Year (2015-16). He served 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 enjoyed great success with Butler serving as an assistant coach. The team 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. The team accumulated a record of 51-6 over those two seasons.
In addition to his basketball coaching experience, Butler has coached both boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer at Hoke County High School (boys’ head coach 2004-2013, girls’ head 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).
Butler is a native of Jasper, New York. He was an all-state player in basketball, soccer, and baseball and graduated as valedictorian of Jasper-Troupsburg High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University where he was a member of their basketball program from 1998-2001.