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Todd Butler Biography
During Butlers 21-year career as a NCAA Division I assistant or head coach, he has helped his teams to five College World Series appearances, 17 NCAA regionals, four NCAA super regionals, six conference tournament championships and his teams have been ranked No. 1 four times in his career. In addition, Butler has coached 31 All-Americans, 124 players drafted in the MLB Draft and 20 Major League players.
In his eight seasons at Arkansas, Butler helped the Razorbacks to eight NCAA Tournaments, which included two College World Series appearances and three NCAA super regional appearances. The Razorbacks have also claimed two SEC Western Division titles in his tenure.
Most recently, Arkansas went 39-22, which included a berth in the Manhattan, Kan., Regional where the Razorbacks came one win from its second-straight Super Regional.
For the second time in his tenure at Arkansas, Butler helped the Razorbacks to the College World Series in 2012. Arkansas finished the 2012 season with 46 victories, the most wins in a season since 1990 and the sixth-highest single-season total in school history. The Razorbacks finished the season ranked in the top six in all four of the major college baseball polls, including a final No. 3 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, the NCBWA poll and the Collegiate Baseball poll.
Butler also constructed 10 recruiting classes that ranked among the nations top 10 including five in his eight years with the Razorbacks.
On the field, Butler also made a impact with the Razorbacks as his teams have produced five of the top 10 home run hitting clubs in Arkansas history.
Butler came to Fayetteville after two assistant coaching stints (eight total years) at the University of Alabama and three years as the head coach at his alma mater, McNeese State.
In 2001, Butler took over as head coach at McNeese State in his hometown of Lake Charles, La., where he compiled a 90-83 (.520) overall record in three seasons. In his last season at McNeese, he guided the Cowboys to the 2003 Southland Conference Tournament championship, their first in 10 years.
The win at the conference tournament secured just the fourth NCAA Regional bid in McNeese States history and the Cowboys were sent to the Houston Regional. Butlers team gave eventual national champion Rice all they could handle before falling to the Owls, 3-2, in 10 innings. Ole Miss eliminated the Cowboys from the 64-team field the following day.
Prior to assuming the head coaching duties at McNeese State, Butler served as the hitting instructor and outfielders coach during his first stint with the Crimson Tide from 1995-2000. He helped guide Alabama to six NCAA Regional appearances as well as three trips to the College World Series in 1996, 1997 and 1999. The Tide advanced to the SEC Tournament in all six of those seasons, claiming the SEC Tournament title in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.
Butler also earned his reputation as one of the countrys top recruiters during those first six years at Alabama. He helped the Crimson Tide land some of the nations top talent as Alabama recorded three-consecutive top 10 recruiting classes. The Tides 1999 freshman class was ranked as the fourth-best in the country and still ranks as the highest ranked class in school history.
Under Butlers leadership, the Crimson Tide became one of the most feared offensive clubs in America. Alabamas 1997 team led the NCAA in four offensive categories, including runs scored (679), total hits (860) and total bases (1,571) while finishing second in home runs (160). In addition, the Crimson Tide won the NCAA statistical championship for highest slugging percentage (.621), eclipsing the previous school record (.521 in 1983) by 100 points. The 1997 team also set a NCAA record with 13 home runs in a single game.
Butler returned to Alabama as an assistant baseball coach on June 26, 2003. He spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons on the Tide staff as the recruiting coordinator, hitting instructor and infield coach, while also coaching first base.
He continued to showcase his ability to sign some of the top recruiting classes in the country upon his return to the Alabama bench. Alabamas 2005 freshman class was rated 10th in the fall of 2004 in Baseball Americas Dandy Dozen College recruiting classes.
Before joining Alabama for the first time, Butler served as an assistant coach at McNeese State in 1993 and 1994. He was an assistant coach at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas, in 1992, where he helped the Buccaneers advance to the NJCAA World Series.
Butlers coaching career began as a student-assistant coach at McNeese State, where he earned his bachelors degree in liberal studies in 1991.
Butler spent two summers coaching in the Alaska Baseball League. His first stint in Alaska was an assistant coaching job in 1991 with the Kenai Peninsula Oilers, helping them to the NBC World Series. He then coached for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in 1992.
Butler played his college ball at McNeese State and Oklahoma. A team captain for the Sooners in 1988, Butler still holds the OU single-season record for stolen bases with 46 steals in 1988, including 26 consecutive successful stolen base attempts. Butler was a third-team All-American and earned All-Big Eight Conference honors in 1988. Butler also played for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League.
Butler, 46, is married to the former Melissa Borrel. The couple has two daughters, Caitlyn and Kendyll.
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