Faith looms large for many La Salle football players, from the pregame prayer to providing aid to the community.
Second-year captain Brian Boutillier strives to live by his Christian values, and he's working hard to learn how to best create a welcoming environment in the classrooms as well as the locker room. That included attending a week-long La Salle leadership camp at St. Mary's College in California this summer, and he's eager to contribute as the new student body president.
"I just felt like it was something I could do and be good at," said Boutillier, who attends St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima. "I think a strong leadership role is really important."
He'll work with about 15 other students in spirit groups, religious groups and campus ministry groups. Boutillier regularly gets involved in providing service for others, such as a trip to a La Salle middle school and grade school in Montana to improve classrooms and tutor children living in poverty.
Those efforts and Boutillier's humble approach don't go unnoticed. Coach Cody Lamb said Boutillier commands respect and although the quiet strength has always been there, the senior has also noticeably transformed.
"He has grown to do more taking people under his wing and mentoring and definitely stepping up by example," Lamb said. "Just especially as a freshman he was really shy and soft-spoken, but his presence, he's a lot more confident."
Boutillier's 32 on the ACT and a 1370 SAT score are just a couple of reasons he's one of the smartest kids ever to attend La Salle, according to Lamb. That intelligence contributes to Bouitllier's ability to make an impact on the football field, where he offers plenty of versatility.
As an offensive lineman he provides protection for talented junior quarterback Kieran Kershaw. Boutillier also stepped up to become a starting linebacker last season. His advanced understanding of the game allows him to call out offensive formations and give direction to teammates before the snap.
"The coaches are great," Boutillier said. "They give us a ton of freedom to essentially be second coaches out there on the field."
An impressive resume should open up plenty of options for college, but Boutillier doesn't expect to look far. He's leaning heavily towards following many of his family members by going to Washington State and wants to major in finance or economics.
Faith guides every part of his life, including the many activities he's eager to facilitate as one of the school's top student leaders. When the football team attends chapel on Thursdays as they prepare for their next game, Boutillier's always there ready to teach and help others.
"You can always motivate guys as much as you want," he said. "But it's got to come from within, so you kind of want them to realize that."