The Athletic Director's Corner

Oct. 25, 2007

Past Editions

  • Edition 1 (July 3, 2007)
  • Edition 2 (August 27, 2007)

  • Putting the STUDENT in student-athlete...

    We are so grateful for the focus and accomplishments of our student-athletes. The Butler tradition of "Academics First" continues. Congratulations to our coaches as well, for their successful recruiting efforts in bringing this talented group of Bulldogs to campus.

    Graduation Success Rate
    Did you see the outstanding numbers that our teams posted in the most recent academic report released by the NCAA? Butler led (or shared the lead) in the Horizon League in GSR for 10 of 13 sports (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track are counted as one sport). The Bulldogs had a 100% GSR for nine different sports, and every Butler sport exceeded the NCAA stated goal of 80%!

    Grade Point Average
    Our 261 returning student-athletes enter the 2007-08 school year with a cumulative 3.15 grade point average!

    Honor Roll
    170 Butler student-athletes were named to Horizon League Commissioner's honor roll for their 3.25 g.p.a. in the spring or fall semester or cumulative!

    Student-Athletes by Major

  • 148 in the College Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 131 in the College of Business Administration
  • 51 in the College of Education
  • 35 in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • 15 in the Jordan College of Fine Arts

    Great start on the fields and courts...
    To date, each of our 6 fall sports teams have posted an improved record compared to one year ago. Football, Women's Cross Country, Men's Cross Country, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer and Volleyball are in the final weeks of their seasons and each has competed impressively. Stay tuned for some exciting finishes.

    Wow! Our Bulldogs are making it tough to be a humble Butler fanatic!

    Jim McGrath...
    I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Jim McGrath (associate athletic director for communications) for receiving the All-American Football Foundation's Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID award. The 200 collegiate members of the AAFF honor the nation's best sports information directors. Jim is a highly dedicated and professional member of Butler Athletics and has served the Bulldogs for 27 years. Congratulations Jim!!!

    Butlersports.com
    The official Butler athletics website saw a banner year in 06-07:

  • 57% increase in "Unique Visitors" to ButlerSports.com
  • 3,420,362 page views to ButlerSports.com

    Jim McGrath and assistant sports information director Chris Urban are doing a great job with supplying our sports news to this website!

    As the fall seasons wind down, I am reminded of a document that a coaching friend sent me a few years ago. I shared this with our teams and I'm confident that it provides a valuable lesson to all.

    "THINGS I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN EARLIER AS A PLAYER..."

  • THAT IT CAN TAKE AN ENTIRE SEASON TO BUILD A "TEAM" AND ONE INCIDENT TO DESTROY THE CHEMISTRY THAT WAS BUILT
  • THAT THE "TEAM" IS NOT THE COACHES' TEAM, IT'S OUR (ALL) TEAM
  • WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A SENIOR (THE SACRIFICE FOR THE TEAM)
  • HOW MUCH TIME THE COACHING STAFF PUTS IN TRYING TO PREPARE THE TEAM FOR LIFE, PRACTICES AND GAMES
  • HOW MUCH TIME THE COACHING STAFF SPENDS THINKING ABOUT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE TEAM
  • YOUR TEAM IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE LAST PLAYER TO BUY IN (WEAKEST LINK) - YOU HAVE A "TRUE" TEAM ONLY WHEN EVERY LAST PLAYER HAS BOUGHT IN
  • WHEN YOU WIN WITH A "TEAM", THE VICTORY TASTES MUCH SWEETER
  • TEAM CHEMISTRY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE GAME - WITHOUT IT CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE HARD TO COME BY
  • HOW YOU PLAY IN PRACTICE ULTIMATELY AFFECTS YOUR PERFORMANCE IN THE GAME
  • IF YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST PLAYER, YOU HAVE TO BE THE HARDEST WORKER
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW GOOD YOU ARE IF YOU ARE NOT MENTALLY TOUGH
  • THAT YOU WIN GAMES BY PREPARING PROPERLY IN PRACTICE AND NOT JUST LACING UP THE SNEAKERS ON GAME NIGHT
  • IT'S HARD AS A COACH TO SIT A PLAYER WHO MAKES HUSTLE PLAYS CONSISTENTLY AND WORKS HARD IN PRACTICE
  • COMMUNICATION IS A MUST TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON AND OFF THE COURT
  • I HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO PLAY IF I AM A GREAT TEAM DEFENDER
  • THE SOONER I REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING STARTS WITH DEFENSE THE BETTER I WILL BE ABLE TO PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE PRACTICES AND GAMES
  • A GOOD TEAM DEFENSE IS BUILT WITH THE FOUNDATION OF TRUST
  • HOW MUCH YOU HAVE TO PREPARE MENTALLY FOR THE SECOND NIGHT OF PLAY IN CONFERENCE FRIDAY / SATURDAY GAMES - AFTER LOSES, MORE SO WINS
  • IT'S NOT WHO STARTS THE GAME, IT'S WHO FINISHES THE GAME - BE A FINISHER
  • YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GREAT SECOND HALF WARM-UP PHYSICALLY TO GET YOURSELF READY MENTALLY (PERCEIVED ABILITY THAT WE ARE READY TO GO)
  • THAT YOU CAN CONTROL TWO THINGS IN LIFE: 1. ATTITUDE 2. EFFORT - AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, POSITIVE WORDS AND ACTIONS CREATE POSITIVE REACTIONS

    Barry

    The Butler Way... demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks constant improvement while promoting the good of the team above self.