Staff

Bethany Bailey, Director of Operations

Bethany keeps everything operating smoothly from the website to game days. She loves sports and would rather be on a field somewhere than anywhere else.

Daryl Baker, Head Coach

Deonta Wade, Defensive Coordinator

Coach Wade graduated high school from Lebanon, MO and played football at the NAIA level at Avila University. He is currently a high school teacher and football coach.  Coach Wade is married with four biological children and hundreds more via coaching and teaching.

Erik Butzin, Assistant Coach

Erik was born in Sioux City, IA in 1989. He grew up moving between Fremont, NE; Springfield, MO; and Dallas, TX. Erik first played organized football in 6th grade as a defensive lineman for the undefeated Mighty Mites Chiefs team of Springfield. In 2001 Erick moved to Fremont, NE where he played fullback, left guard, and defensive line. He was awarded the most outstanding lineman award. The following year he moved to Dallas, TX. While attending Ranchview High School he was the starting left guard and played running back in short yardage situations. He was also the starting nose guard on defense and deep snapper on field goal and punt. Erik won the award for most outstanding lineman his 8th, 9th, and 10th grade seasons. 

After relocating a couple times in Texas, Erik's family moved to Ozark, MO where he played defensive tackle for the Tigers during his junior year of high school, earning the nickname "The Plug." Late in the season, Erik suffered a neck injury against the Tigers' rivals. Conflicting advice from doctors led him to retire from football after his Junior year.

After graduating high school, Erik had a chance encounter with a former coach of the Springfield Mustangs. He recruited Erik to play defensive tackle and fullback. Erik played for the Mustangs for 3 years and then joined the Ozark Titans. During his tenure with the Titans, he helped coach various positions.

Erik has joined the Defenders staff assisting with the offense and is excited to see what the future holds for the organization.


Charles Marks, Special Teams Coordinator

Charles is a 1997 graduate of Cabool High School in Cabool, MO. He currently resides in West Plains, MO. Since graduation, Charles has earned his Associates Degree from Drury University and has been active in football from all different aspects. Whether being a coach, a referee, or as a parent, Charles has over 20 years of experience in the Tulsa, OK to West Plains, MO areas.

Charles is currently a head coach for the West Plains Mighty Mite program, coordinator for the Zizzer Youth Football Championship Tournament, and is a former assistant coach for the Houston High School Tigers in Houston, MO. Charles is currently married to the love of his life, Chrystal. They have 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters.