In addition to a change at the top at the Minooka wrestling program, another longtime coach had to be replaced this past offseason. Former Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010 by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Mike Butterbach stepped down from his position over the summer.
"I didn't talk to Butters, but I know he's been pursuing his master's degree," Minooka's new head coach Jeff Charlebois said.
With Butterbach stepping down, that created another vacancy that Minooka athletic director Bob Tyrell had to fill. He filled it with a familiar face in Morris' Brian McTague.
"Jeff and I were talking and we wanted to bring in a quality coach," Tyrell said. "Brian is a quality coach and we are glad to have him on our staff."
Charlebois said that adding McTague to the staff was huge in him mind.
"Thankfully Brian was interested and it all worked out great," Charlebois said. "We are fortunate to have every coach on the staff in a situation where they have been a head coach at some point in their career. Here we have a bunch of guys who know what they are doing. It makes the staff that much stronger. I'm grateful for Brian. He's done a great job with the kids."
McTague is a former state champion wrestler while at Morris High School (1982) and later returned to coach the Redskins for two seasons in from 2006-2008 where he compiled a 26-21 record as head coach.
"It think it was a good fit all around for me," McTague said. "Between the time restraints to coming into a program with a great tradition, it's nice. There are a lot of good kids there and they always have good numbers."
In addition to his time at Morris, McTague spent 13 years as an assistant varsity coach at Reed-Custer High School.
McTague joins Charlebois, Bernie Ruettiger, Matt Harding and Stan Tischer as coaches on the Minooka staff this year. As previously noted, all of them have been a head wrestling coach at some point and time, which is unprecedented in this day and age.
"We're happy with all of them," Tyrell said. "Each of them gives the kids a chance to be competitive. It's nice for us to have all those guys."