November 29, 2007

The Athletic Director's Corner

Nov. 29, 2007

Past Editions

  • Edition 1 (July 3, 2007)
  • Edition 2 (August 27, 2007)
  • Edition 3 (October 25, 2007

  • 84%

    GRADUATION RATE

    With an 84 percent federal graduation rate, Butler student-athletes are in the 94th percentile of all Division I schools in graduation rate as reported by the NCAA in the recently released 2007 report.

    Our student-athletes are highly motivated in the classroom and in competition.

    Congratulations Bulldogs!!! The commitment to an "Academics First" attitude is shining through!

    Fall Sports Team Updates
    Our Football team demonstrated continued improvement this season. While the final record of 4-7 is still short of our goal, we are headed in the right direction under the leadership of head coach Jeff Voris. Butler defensive backs Alex Davis and Ryan Schmidtz have been named to the first team of the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V team, chosen by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The two were among 24 players honored from District V, which represents Division I schools from Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario and Manitoba.

    Three Butler football players were named to the 2007 All-Pioneer Football League Team, selected by league head coaches and released by the league office on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Earning second team all-league recognition for the Bulldogs were senior defensive end Chris Marzotto, senior linebacker Mike Marzotto and junior placekicker Jordan Quiroz.

    Our team has played with increasing toughness, energy and enthusiasm under Coach Voris and we look for even better days ahead. Football recruiting hits full speed in December and continues for several months. Our staff did an excellent job in recruiting last year and is poised to add to that success.

    Our Volleyball team improved upon its 2006 record by posting a 14-15 record in 2007. The team finished strong by winning 5 of 7 matches during a late season stretch. A trio of Butler volleyball players was honored with postseason awards at the Horizon League Volleyball Championship banquet on Thursday (Nov. 15) in Milwaukee. Sophomore outside hitter Porshia Allen earned mention on the all-league squad, while freshmen outside hitters Katie Daprile and Jessica Wolfe nabbed all-newcomer squad distinctions. Senior Michelle DeGeeter finished her career ranked among the best blockers in school history, totaling 354 block assist for the third-highest mark and 406 total blocks for the eighth-most.

    Our Women's Soccer team improved this season by posting a winning record of 10-9-1. In Horizon League play, Coach Tari St. John's Bulldogs made a run at the championship with a 5-3 record. Additionally, Butler's 1.47 goals per game average is the highest mark in five years.

    By succeeding both on the playing field and in the classroom in 2007, sophomore Morgan Cox and junior Angie Muir were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team. Cox was a constant presence in the Butler backfield and a major factor in the Bulldogs' 1.27 goals allowed average on the field. The chemistry major carried a 3.97 cumulative grade point average, which was the highest mark on the 10 player second team. Muir, meanwhile, led the team and ranked third in the Horizon League with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. She touted a 3.81 cumulative grade point average as a secondary education and math major.

    After helping Butler to its finest regular season in five years, five Bulldogs were named to the 2007 All-Horizon League Women's Soccer Teams. Junior Angie Muir and sophomore Abbie Kaul were each named to the all-league first team, while junior Jenny Southard earned a spot on the second team. Sophomore Lindsey Fox and freshman Courtney Lord, meanwhile, were both tabbed to the all-newcomer squad.

    In Men's Soccer, our team posted a winning overall record of 9-7-5, showing significant improvement under second-year Head Coach Kelly Findley. The Bulldogs also posted their best league record since 2004, going 4-2-2 in conference play this year.

    Butler players Frank Patano, Eduardo Garcia, Boris Gatzky and Kyle Pateros each earned recognition on the 2007 All-Horizon League men's soccer team, chosen by a vote of league coaches. Patano, Garcia and Gatzky each were named second team All-League, while Gatzky and Pateros both were tabbed to the League's All-Newcomer team.

    Butler will only lose two players to graduation after this season and will return 11 of the 12 different players that scored goals for Butler this season.

    Our Women's Cross Country team continued its dominance in the Horizon League by winning their sixth consecutive title! Coach Matt Roe's Butler women ran at the front of the pack and placed three runners in the Top 5. Senior Genni Gardner finished runner-up in 17:38, just five seconds behind individual champ Laura Rolf of host Valparaiso. Senior Claire Holme came in third in 18:13, and junior Rachel Gibbs finished fifth in 18:20. Sophomore Marbeth Shiell was Butler's other Top 10 finisher, coming in seventh with a time of 18:58. Senior Isabelle Stoate wound up 16th in 19:39 to close out Butler's scoring unit. Senior Aubrey Smith came in 21st in 19:52, while senior Calli Grimes was 24th in 20:11. Senior Sarah Kemple came in 37th in 20:43.

    Senior Genni Gardner closed out her illustrious career with a 6,000 meter time of 21:32.4 to place 100th in the women's championship.

    Our Men's Cross Country team Horizon League Championship run (pun intended!) is now 10 straight! As impressive as that is, check this out, Butler captured the top five individual spots in the men's race!! Coach Matt Roe's team was piloted by junior Andy Baker who led the Butler men to a perfect score (15) and finished more than a minute ahead of teammate and runner-up Sam Jacobs. Baker finished the race in 24:56 and then had time to cool down, before Jacobs crossed the line in 26:03! Junior Tommy Davies placed third in 26:09, followed by freshman Matt Lawder in 26:15 and senior Kent Wories in 26:16. The Bulldogs also picked up a 15th place finish from freshman Nathan Tavenor, who posted a time of 26:46. Freshman Madison Roeder came in 57th in 28:32, senior Chris Smith was 59th in 28:44 and senior Phil Hawley was 74th in 29:44.

    Andy Baker also notched a 28th-place time of 30:22.4 to earn All-America honors at the 2007 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship on Monday (Nov. 19) afternoon at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. Baker added to his growing list of honors by being selected as the 2007 Horizon League Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year. He was chosen by a vote of the ten Horizon League cross country coaches.

    Kudos to first year Head Coach Matt Roe for leading the Bulldogs to Horizon League championships in both women's and men's cross country!

    With the basketball season underway, we owe congratulations to Beth Couture and her Basketball team for their championship in the University of Miami's women's basketball tournament. The team is off to a 4-1 start and looks strong as the young season unfolds.

    Also due congratulations is first year head coach Brad Stevens for his basketball team's championship in the Great Alaska Shootout men's basketball tournament. The national ESPN exposure was great and the polls recognized that by moving the Dogs into the #16 slot this week in the national rankings. A Butler alum from Illinois sent me this link with the message: This is "about as good as it gets".

    Bulldog Club News
    The Athletic Department has extended its' hospitality for men's basketball to include a large area in the West Gym of Hinkle Fieldhouse. Hospitality space in the Wildman Room has become so tight that, well, it's been inhospitable! The new area has been very well received and provides 4 times the space that we previously offered. The Wildman Room (for donors $1,000+) and the West Gym (for athletics donors $250+) are open 90 minutes prior to tip-off of men's basketball games. The Wildman room also serves as the hospitality site for athletics donors at the $250+ level for selected women's basketball games and football games. Snacks and soft drinks are complimentary and adult beverages are available for purchase.

    We are so thankful for Keith and Tina Burks. Their $250,000.00+ gift to the Butler Rising Campaign - Athletics Facilities brings us closer to our goal of $2.85 million. The Burkses' generosity was recently recognized and leads the way to improved facilities for our student-athletes. The two athletics projects of the Butler Rising campaign are remodeled locker rooms in Hinkle and additional seating and press box improvements in the Butler Bowl. Please consider joining Keith and Tina on our team as we work to build a better Butler.

    Go Dogs!

    Barry Collier

    Athletic Director
    Butler University

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