|Title:||Associate Athletic Director/Development|
Ken LaRose, who was Butler's head football coach for 10
seasons, was named Associate Athletic Director for Development at
Butler on March 1, 2013.
In his position at Butler, LaRose leads the efforts of Butler’s athletic development office and works closely with Collier on strategy and solicitation of gifts to support the needs of the athletic department. Butler is currently in a campaign to raise funds for renovations of Hinkle Fieldhouse. He also will have oversight responsibility for Butler’s football program.
For the past four years, LaRose has served as a client liaison/community engagement specialist for Fanning Howey Inc. of Indianapolis. Prior to that, he spent one year as a consultant, and he worked for six years as a sales representative for Harcourt School Publishers.
LaRose served as Butler’s head football coach from 1992-2001, the third-longest tenure of any football coach in Butler history. He presided over the greatest period of change in Butler football history, leading the Bulldogs from the NCAA Division II and the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference to the NCAA Division I-AA (now NCAA Division I FCS) and the Pioneer Football League. He guided Butler to its first Pioneer Football League championship in 1994, one season after leading the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in the league.
A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, LaRose was a standout high school football player at Moeller High School. He went on to become a three-time all-conference offensive lineman at Butler, earning most valuable player and team captain honors as a senior.
LaRose began his coaching career in the fall of 1980 as offensive line coach at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis. He served there for four seasons, helping Roncalli to a pair of state playoff berths including a Class 3A state runner-up finish in 1983. He joined Butler’s coaching staff as an assistant football coach in 1984 and served in that capacity for eight seasons. During his tenure as an assistant coach, Butler won five conference championships and made two NCAA playoff appearances.
LaRose, who was inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007, earned a B.S. degree from Butler in 1980 and received his Master’s Degree in Education from Butler in 1988. He and his wife, Diana, are parents of three children, Gina, Kenny and Anthony.
|Title:||Assistant Director of the Bulldog Club|
Kyle Smith, a 2003 graduate of Butler, joined the athletics staff as Assistant Director of the Bulldog Club in August of 2009. Before moving to the athletic department, Smith spent four years in the university development office as Assistant Director of Development in annual giving.
Since joining the athletic department, Smith has overseen the day-to-day operation of the Bulldog Club, which now includes over 3,600 members across eight different giving levels. The duties of the athletic development office include annual gift renewals, gift acknowledgements, fulfillment of benefits and engaging new members.
Additionally, Smith organizes over 50 Bulldog Club hospitality opportunities annually as well as coordinates events such as the Butler Golf Classic, the Athletic Director’s Dinner and the Hall of Fame banquet each year. Furthermore, Smith manages the department’s Priority Points System for men’s basketball season ticket holders and athletic donors.
Prior to joining university development, Smith worked in the communications department at the Horizon League office in downtown Indianapolis. While there, he served as the primary media contact for men's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's golf and women's softball.
A native of Nashville, Ind., Smith earned his Butler degree in Telecommunications Arts with a minor in Journalism in 2003. Smith and his wife, Amanda, reside in Carmel with their daughter Ella.
Sarah Quebe joined the Butler athletic staff for the 2013-2014
year as the Development Intern. In this position, she assists in
the day-to-day operations of the Bulldog Club as well as working in
a variety of capacities in the development office. Prior to
arriving at Butler, Quebe was an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Therapist at Meaningful Days Inc. for children with developmental
disabilities, a student receptionist for Hanover College’s
fitness center, and a student assistant to the Psychology
Department of Hanover College.
Quebe attended Perry Meridian High School where she graduated in 2009 and competed in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track all four years. She was named to the Perry Meridian Wall of Fame for being named a volleyball Indiana All-Star and participated in the State tournament for Track in discus.
Quebe then attended Hanover College where she was a four-year
letter winner in women’s volleyball and helped the Panther
volleyball team reach its fifth Heartland Conference title in 2012.
Quebe received Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
honors all four years, having been named to the HCAC all-freshman
team, the HCAC 2nd Team, and the HCAC 1st Team.
Quebe was also a Scholar Athlete for the 2012 season where she led
the team in blocks, kills, and kill percentage.
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Quebe received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Hanover College in May of 2013.