Jeffrey Fuller answers athletic calling coaching at GHS
Published 3:26 am Thursday, August 17, 2023
Creator and owner of Butler County Sports Network, Jeffrey Fuller, does more than just report about local sports. In addition to his dual enrollment facilitator position at Greenville High School, he is the school’s offensive line coach, football recruiting coordinator, director of basketball operations, head junior varsity baseball coach, and assistant varsity baseball coach.
Before accepting his position at GHS, Fuller had previously coached city and travel league baseball, but in his heart he knew there was more he could offer.
Fuller said that during a period of poor heath he found himself lost in introspection and realized the impact he could have on local athletes.
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“Being honest, I had some pretty rough health difficulties last January that kind of scared me into a position of reflection,” Fuller said. “I thought about the impact I have had on the people and community I love and wasn’t satisfied. I got a good source one day a month or two later on a big story, and saw an opportunity for a true sports only page that gave the athletes of Butler County the coverage they deserve. I ran the story, enlisted the help of my friend Scott Bentley, and BCSN was born. I can only say God is so good thinking about the last year and a half of working on the network. The growth and support has been incredible.”
Butler County Sports Network (BCSN), the motto of which is “Coverage Butler County Athletes Deserve,” brings light to local athletes and their accomplishments. Fuller said he is proud of the work his team continues to do within the community.
“BCSN has been in operation for about a year and a half, we are entering our second football season,” Fuller said. “ I have always been a man that fights for the things and people I love. There’s nothing I love more than sports, and the city of Greenville.”
Bentley, lead reporter at BCSN, shed light on the drive that Fuller possesses.
“Jeffrey and I are both living our dreams through coaching and sports journalism,” Bentley said. “Since the beginning, the motto has been ‘can’t stop, won’t stop’ and we both wake up every day with that mindset.”
Fuller was later offered the opportunity to join GHS as a coach and he said that for him, the decision to accept was a “no brainer”.
“Coach Pimienta and I talked about joining his staff it was a simple answer for me- absolutely,” Fuller said. “I’m here to give these athletes the love, guidance, structure, and overall opportunity that they deserve. There is so much talent that has slipped through the cracks in Greenville’s athletic history, and I came home to help put an end to that.”
Fuller has since developed a deep love for coaching and for his athletes and says he has high hopes for the upcoming seasons.
“I think the best part of being a coach is about the same as the best part about being a player: the brotherhood,” Fuller said. “No matter what is going on outside of the stadium, when you step between those lines none of it matters. Seeing the things you teach click, and then work, for these athletes is incredibly gratifying to see. I’m excited for the upcoming season. ‘Coach P’ has done a great job at setting the tone for what we expect out of these guys. As long as we come to work ready to work, follow the system, and do our job, Greenville will be just fine. I can’t wait to see that new stadium packed out.”
Fuller holds a deep sense of gratitude for all those who have helped him along the way and supported him throughout the years, paving the way for him to achieve his dreams.
“I just want to say how grateful I am,” Fuller said. “Thank you to the city of Greenville for welcoming me back with open arms and for supporting BCSN along the way. Thank you to my guy Scott for always being at events and being exactly what BCSN needs at all times, even when I’m not easy to deal with. Thank you to my family for so many things, but most importantly when I looked at you last spring and told you what seemed like an impossible dream, thank you for telling me to chase it. Thank you to Mr. Eiland, Mr. Howard, and Coach Pimienta for giving me a chance and trusting me to help make an impact on these young students and athletes lives. And lastly, thank you to my grandaddy, Ken Hartman, for putting that “dawg” in me as a child and for passing down an incredible passion for doing the impossible and proving the doubters wrong. Let’s have a great year!”