SV’s Densmore accepts Butler football post
Eagle Staff Writer
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February 17, 2014

BUTLER TWP — Longtime Pine-Richland defensive coordinator Rob Densmore has been hired as head football coach at Butler High School.

Densmore, 39, a 1993 Seneca Valley graduate, was approved as coach Monday night at the Butler school board meeting. He becomes the Golden Tornado’s fourth head coach in eight years.

“I was a finalist for the Pine-Richland job last year and that didn’t work out,” Densmore said. “I’m ready to become a head coach. This is my time to build a program and I’m excited about the opportunity.”

A social studies teacher at Pine-Richland, Densmore was defensive coordinator there under Clair Altemus from 2001-12. He served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Freedom last season.

One of three finalists to receive second interviews for the Butler post, Densmore was hired “for his experience as a defensive coordinator and his knowledge of the conference we play in,” Butler athletic director Bill Mylan said. “His passion for the game really showed through during the interview process.

“That was another plus in his favor.”

Densmore is not receiving a teaching job with this hire, though that situation could change by the fall.

“It (teaching job) wasn’t even a factor in this process because there’s no way we can know what will be available that way,” Mylan said.

While interviewing for the job, Densmore said he did emphasize the importance of working at the same school at which he will be coaching.

“I believe in that strongly, being around the kids and building relationships,” he said.

Butler has not had a winning football season since 1997. The Tornado are 10-54 overall since 2007, 4-39 in section play.

“We will value the kids and, hopefully, I have the type pf personality that kids will want to play for me,” Densmore said.

“While immediate success is ideal, I plan to build this program from the ground up. I’ll talk to the youth coaches, build a middle school staff and we’ll be on the same page all the way up.

“With the availability of kids up there, they deserve to have a successful football program. I’m jumping at the chance to resurrect that program. When I played at Seneca Valley, Butler was very, very good. I played against Scott Milanovich and that group. The potential is there for those days to return,” Densmore added.

This is Densmore’s first head coaching position. He was a linebacker at Seneca Valley, where he played for Altemus before coaching with him.

“Rob is the man for that job,” Altemus said. “He’s energetic and enthusiastic. He led our (Pine-Richland) freshman team to back-to-back undefeated seasons before becoming my defensive coordinator.

“We went to Heinz Field together in 2002 and won the whole thing in 2003. He doesn’t pull any punches with anybody. He tells it like it is.”

Densmore said he plans to talk to members of the Tornado coaching staff from last year “as soon as possible” and also has some people in mind he’d like to bring on board.

“I’ll put together a staff that believes in the direction I want to take this,” he said.

Defensively, Densmore favors the 44 formation. Offensively, he believes in a strong running game and flexibility.

“In this conference, you have to be able to run the football,” he said. “I like a pro-style offense with spread tendencies, using different formations and a lot of motion.

“As a defensive coordinator, I know what annoyed me the most.”

Densmore replaces Clyde Conti, who was 7-21 with one WPIAL playoff appearance in three years at the helm. Butler finished 1-8 last season.

None of Butler’s last three head coaches lasted more than three seasons.

“I’m aware of the situation before this,” Densmore said. “My plan is a long-term plan. I’m committing to this program and I’m confident the district is committing to me.”

Mylan hopes so as well.

“This is going to take some time and we need a coach to see it through, whether he’s here for five, 10, 15, 20 years, whatever it takes.”