COACHING STAFF

 

GARY BUTLER | DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS COACH

A fifth-year Vikings’ assistant, Gary Butler returns this season as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Butler began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at California University in Pennsylvania where the Vulcans made an appearance in the national semifinals (Division II) in 2008. Butler also played and was the defensive player of the year in the PSAC in 2007 where he was a key player on the 13-1 team who also made it to the National Semifinals. As a linebacker, Butler ranked among the nation leaders in sacks in 2007. After college, Butler signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and played 10 games with in the CFL with the BC Lions. Between 2011-15 he was a player in the Arena League, most recently playing in the Arena Bowl for the Cleveland Gladiators.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Butler graduated from Langley High School. In 2007, he received his B.S. in Liberal Studies from California University (Pa.)

 

TYUS ALCORN | RECEIVERS COACH

The 2019 season will be the first for Coach Tyus Alcorn.

Alcorn’s primary responsibility is the development of wide receivers for the North Park University football team.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky,  Alcorn has recently coached at Trine University where he also served as the wide receivers coach. During his time at Trine, Alcorn developed a First Team MIAA tight end in Elijah Klepper and a Second Team All-American in Jeffrey Barnett.

As a student-athlete at Campbellsville University, Alcorn earned a degree in criminal justice and enjoyed a successful football career.

Alcorn was a two-time First Team All-NAIA Mid-South Conference honoree and a two-time First Team All-NCCAA selection. He was also awarded the Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2016.

In three seasons at Campbellsville, Alcorn caught 121 receptions for 2,103 yards (17.4 yards per reception) with 36 touchdowns in 26 games.  Alcorn holds the school's all-time mark in TD receptions (36) and the single-season TD reception record with 19 which he set during the 2015 season.

 

ADAM FOREN | QUARTERBACKS COACH

The 2019 season will be the first for Coach Adam Foren.

Foren’s primary responsibility is the development of quarterbacks for the North Park University football team.

Prior to joining the North Park staff, Foren coached at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. He was responsible for the physical and mental development of quarterbacks, as well as the team’s assistant recruiting coordinator. Foren coached a first-year starting quarterback to the OAC’s top 5 in touchdowns, passing yards, and completion percentage.

Preceding his coaching stint Wilmington, Foren was a safeties and special teams coach at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He coached an AFCA Second Team-All-American during the 2016 season at Saginaw Valley and also worked with kickers and punters.

Foren graduated from Hope College (Mich.) in 2016, earning a degree in high level leadership.

 

CHRISTIAN DUKES | SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR/SECONDARY COACH

The 2019 season will be the first for coach Christian Dukes.

Dukes will work as the special teams coordinator and serve as a secondary coach.

Dukes began his collegiate coaching journey at Tiffin University where he worked with the defensive backs. During his time at Tiffin, he helped the Dragons to the most successful season since 2006, as the team was ranked as high as 15 in all of Division II football. Dukes also mentored four All-Conference defensive backs selections that year and, additionally, a Don Hansen All-American.

Prior to Tiffin, Dukes worked with defensive backs at both Walnut Hills HS in Cincinnati, Ohio and Anderson HS, also in Cincinnati.

As a student-athlete, Dukes graduated from the University of Toledo in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management. While at Toledo, Dukes was a four-year starter as a defensive back, receiving All-Conference honorable mention honors in 2013 and 2014. He also earned “Player of the Week” recognition five times, was a co-captain, and was a Leadership Committee selection by his teammates.

Dukes will earn his MBA in Leadership Management from Tiffin in December of 2019.

 

ANTHONY BURTON | GRADUATE ASSISTANT/STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR