Mike Uremovich Named Butler Head Football Head Coach

Monday, December 27, 2021
by Butler Athletics Communications

Mike Uremovich, who has orchestrated impressive offenses as an FBS coordinator and had a successful seven-year stretch as a head coach, has been named the head football coach at Butler University.

Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier made the announcement Monday, Dec. 27.

"Among a very talented and deep applicant pool, Mike stood out throughout every phase of our process," said Collier. "He built a strong program at the NAIA level as a head coach and has been a successful coordinator and coach at several FBS programs. Above all, Mike was able to articulate his vision for our program and his plan for Butler to be consistently competitive at the top of the Pioneer Football League. We are excited to welcome Mike and his family to Butler."

"Katie, the kids and I could not be more excited to be a part of the Butler family," said Uremovich. "The academic reputation and resources available to the student-athletes at Butler and in Indianapolis is almost unmatched in college football. I can't wait to get work."

Uremovich (pronounced you-REM-OH-vitch) is only the ninth head coach of Butler's football program since 1935 when Tony Hinkle first led the Bulldogs. The program started in 1887. Uremovich replaces Jeff Voris, who resigned from the position a month ago after leading the Butler program for the past 16 seasons.

Uremovich arrives in Indianapolis after serving as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Temple for the past three seasons (2019-21). That followed three seasons in the same role at Northern Illinois (2016-18).

During the 2019 season, Jadan Blue became the first receiver in Temple program history to top the century mark with school records of 1,067 receiving yards and 95 receptions. In addition, running back Re'Mahn Davis rushed for 936 yards and eight touchdowns to rank second all-time on those respective freshman lists. In his first game calling offensive plays for Temple, Uremovich's unit set new school marks with 695 total yards and 507 passing yards against Bucknell (2019).

Prior to Temple, Uremovich coached at Northern Illinois during three separate stints. He returned to the Huskies program in 2016 as the offensive coordinator. NIU won the 2018 Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship and earned bowl appearances in both 2017 and 2018. The 2016 edition of the Huskies was 16th nationally in rushing yards.

He previously served as the Huskies' running backs coach and special teams coordinator in 2012 under Dave Doeren, and as a graduate assistant for Joe Novak from 2001-02.
Uremovich coached the offensive line at North Carolina State from 2013-15, where he helped lead the Wolfpack to a pair of bowl appearances. Behind his offensive line, the 2014 Wolfpack posted the fourth-best rushing total in school history and the best per game average since 1992.

Uremovich had a successful seven-year tenure as head coach at the University of St. Francis, the Joliet, Ill.-based NAIA program (2005-11). In 2011, he led the Fighting Saints to their most successful season in school history as they won a school-record 10 games and claimed their first win over an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team when they defeated Georgia State. The team was ranked as high as No. 8 in the NAIA National Coaches Poll and also registered the first NAIA national playoff victory in program history. Uremovich led the Fighting Saints to a 17-7 record over his final two seasons. Overall he posted a 33-45 record, rebuilding a program that had won a total of four games in the three seasons prior to his arrival.

In addition to serving as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois, Uremovich's early coaching career also included stints at Waynesburg College (Pa.), Benedictine University (Ill.), Providence Catholic (Ill.) High School, and McCutcheon (Ind.) High School.

Uremovich is a 2000 graduate of Purdue. He received his master's degree from Northern Illinois in 2002. He and his wife, Katie, have a daughter, Ella, and two sons, Michael and Drew.