A.D.'s Corner: A Message From Barry Collier
The 2010-11 academic year was exciting and memorable for Butler student-athletes, fans and friends. Butler claimed a Horizon League regular season or tournament title in seven sports: men and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s golf. For the second straight year and record-breaking eighth time, Butler captured the James J. McCafferty Trophy, which honors the Horizon League’s all-sports champion.
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Off the field, the 2010-11 year saw Butler achieve high marks in the classroom. Eleven student-athletes were named Academic All-Horizon League for the fall semester, which was the highest of any Horizon League team. Four cross country runners, four men's soccer players, two volleyball players and one women's soccer player were honored. In addition, 24 student athletes earned a 4.0 GPA during the entire 2010-11 academic year. The university's student-athletes have been a great representation of "The Butler Way", which calls for athletes to demand commitment, deny selfishness, accept reality and seek improvement every day while putting their teams above themselves.
We have continued to try and make improvements to our student-athletes' experience over the last year. A few capital projects are still in the works. The resurfacing of the Hinkle Fieldhouse court is almost completed and looks outstanding with a larger Butler logo and the inclusion of one of our new corporate partners, Zotec. Also nearing the finishing stages is lighting and enhanced fencing for the Butler Bowl, while the resurfacing of our outdoor track in the Davey Athletic Complex will be finished in October.
With students back on campus and fall seasons just getting underway, this is a great time of year. We know there will be more outstanding performances in the next 10 months of NCAA competition; you just never know when those performances will happen. So we hope you will come out to our games and contests and witness our teams doing everything in their power to compete the right way - the Butler Way - for Butler. Just like you, everyone that works at Hinkle is excited to cheer on our Bulldogs!
Winning the right way IS the Butler Way!
2010-11 Program Highlights
Another undefeated record in the month of March helped the men’s basketball team make an incredible run to the national championship game for the second year in a row. The squad was able to capture a share of the Horizon League regular season title through posting a 13-5 conference record, in addition to the Horizon League tournament title. The team has won three of the past four Horizon League tournament championships. Butler now has the second-best record in college basketball over the past five years (143-32 .822), which includes three Sweet 16 appearances, two Final Four appearances and two national championship appearances. In achieving a 3.77 GPA, Matt Howard was named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, and was an academic All-American for the third straight year. His high GPA also earned him the prestigious Elite 88 award for the second straight year.
A second place Horizon League finish and another 20-win season allowed the women’s basketball team to enjoy a successful season. For the third straight year, the team advanced to postseason play in the WNIT. Brittany Bowen and Chloe Hamilton earned second team All-Horizon League honors and Bowen was named to the all-tournament team. Head Coach Beth Couture picked up her 400th career win this season. She was honored at the NCAA Women’s Final Four, with several other coaches, in the WBCA’s Victory Club.
The Bulldog baseball team improved its win total in 2011 while five players received All-Horizon League recognition. Four seniors - Michael Letzter, Grant Fillipitch, Luke Duncan and Dom Silvestri - received second team All-Horizon League honors while freshman Patrick Guinane was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer team. The Bulldogs, who had a winning record at home for the second straight season, also posted their 1200th win as a varsity program at Butler.
Butler men’s cross country captured its 13th straight league championship, while the women’s squad earned its eighth title in nine years. Katie Clark achieved a 3.94 GPA, which earned her individual recognition for both academic excellence and cross country Division I All-Academic status. Clark, along with men’s runner Ross Clarke, were each named 2010 Horizon League Cross Country Athletes of the Year.
The 2010 year was an exciting one for Butler, as the team played in a renovated Butler Bowl. Senator Richard Lugar was present for the opening ceremonies in September, and the team now has a facility that will foster future success. Linebacker Jordan Ridley was named first team All-PFL, topping the league with 130 tackles on the season. Five other players earned second-team recognition: Zach Watkins, Mike Staniewicz, Ross Teare, Tadd Dombart and Michael Wilson. Seven Butler football players were named to the 18th annual Academic All-PFL team for the 2010 season. Butler’s first team Academic All-PFL players were Andrew Huck, David Lang, Staniewicz and Wilson. Nick Caldicott, Ridley and Grant Hunter were honored on the second team.
Butler captured the Big Four Men’s Classic at Crooked Stick with a team score of 303, a full 25 strokes ahead of second place finisher Hanover. Ryan Wegeng gave three strong rounds of play at the Horizon League Men’s Championship in Florida, which earned him a Top 10 individual finish.
Butler’s final championship of the school year came when the women’s golf team captured the 2011 Horizon League Golf Championship, marking its fifth in the past seven years. The team advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in Butler women’s golf history, and played in the NCAA Central Regional at Notre Dame. Michele Nash was named Horizon League Women’s Golf Player of the Year and was voted All-Horizon League for the second consecutive season.
The 2010 Butler men’s soccer team enjoyed its best year ever, boasting an incredible 16-1-3 record and an undefeated regular season. The team was ranked in the nation’s top 5 at the end of the season and earned the No. 13 national seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs went 7-0-1 in Horizon League play and captured the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles. Ben Sippola and Matt Hedges were each named to the 2010 All-America team. Sippola was also named 2010 Horizon League Player of the Year before being drafted by the Columbus Crew in the MLS.
Butler enjoyed a share of the Horizon League regular season title, and allowed it to host the Horizon League Tournament as the number one seed. Head coach Tari St. John was named 2010 Horizon League Coach of the Year. Three players were named to All-Horizon League teams, while two others earned all-newcomer team honors. Katie Griswold and Jackie Hafele were honored on the first team, while Sarah Phelps was named to the second team. Hafele, the league's Newcomer of the Year, twin sister Nikki Hafele and Olivia Colosimo were honored on the newcomer team.
The softball team, led by first-year coach Scott Hall, had one of its best seasons ever. The Bulldogs finished 32-24 and advanced to the 2011 Horizon League Softball Championship final, but came up short to UIC. Additionally, the squad's 14 league wins were the most in school history and the Bulldogs had four players voted All-Horizon League. Jenny Esparza, Erin Falkenberry and Lauren McNulty were first team All-Horizon League players and Erin Jackson was a second-team selection. Esparza was named the 2011 Horizon League Pitcher of the Year and second team all-region.
The Butler women's swimming team was given Scholar All-American team status by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for the fall semester. The team posted a cumulative 3.46 GPA, which ranked 12th in the nation. The squad has been recognized for its academic achievement for 10 consecutive semesters.
The Butler women’s tennis team was young in 2011, but that didn’t stop the team from a successful season. The team finished with a 15-9 record and placed third in the Horizon League regular season standings. Natali James and Caroline Hendrick were both voted as second team All-Horizon League. Brandon Bayliss was honored as the Horizon League Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and was named first team All-Horizon League. Bayliss and teammate Lenz Theodore were named CoSIDA Academic All-District, which honors top student-athletes who excel in the classroom.
Track and Field
Butler had several track standouts in 2010-11, as six different athletes won Horizon League individual titles in outdoor track. Katie Clark (5,000 meter run), Kirsty Legg (800 and 1,500 meter runs) and Lauren McKillop (10,000 meter run) each won women’s league titles. Winning men’s titles were: Kris Gauson (1,500 meter run), Craig Jordan (3,000 meter steeplechase) and Justin Roeder (10,000 meter run). Gauson and Legg advanced to the NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 1,500, earning honorable mention All-America honors. Gauson was also named to the Academic All-District V University Division team.
The Butler volleyball team had a season to remember, going 21-10 and capturing the 2010 Horizon League Volleyball Championship. The team made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 13 years and was second in the league’s regular season standings. Jessica Wolfe became Butler’s second two-time AVCA All-American, earning honorable mention honors for the second year in a row. She was also voted all-region and MVP of the league tournament. Katie Daprile and Maureen Bamiro were both voted All-Horizon League and Maggie Harbison and Claire Randich were named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.