The Athletic Director's Corner
Dec. 23, 2008
As the 2008 calendar year comes to a close and we are completing our fall academic semester, it is a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of our Bulldogs.
Congratulations to Butler's nine fall season Academic All League student-athletes (Click here to read more about these Horizon League leaders).
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Fall SportsTeam Updates
You have to be impressed with the progress of our Football team under the leadership of head coach Jeff Voris. The Dogs posted a 6-5 record and were in the PFL championship hunt for much of the season. Remember, it was just 4 years ago that we were winless. In his three years as our coach, Jeff has done a remarkable job of "bringing back the bark!" The six wins were the most since 1997 and 11 Bulldogs were recognized on PFL postseason honor squads. As senior, Mike Bennett noted recently, the attitude of the team has completely changed for the good.
Our Volleyball team continued it's improvement by posting a 19-11 record in 2008. The team finished 8-8 in conference play and was led by 3 All-Horizon League team members. Kelsey Labrum was named Newcomer of the Year and Porshia Allen and Jessica Wolfe were named to the All League team. Katie Daprile had a fantastic year anchoring the defense.
Our Women's Soccer team finished with a record of 11-11-0 this year. In Horizon League play, Coach Tari St. John's Bulldogs posted a 4-4 record and they advanced to the semi-finals of HL tournament play. Molly Kruger, Abbie Kaul and Courtney Lord lead the way for the Bulldogs and were all named to Horizon League post season honors squads. On the service front, the team recently volunteered their time to collect donated food for Gleaners Food Bank at an Indianapolis Colts football game.
In Men's Soccer, our team had an outstanding year as they were ranked as high as #21 in the national polls, posted an overall record of 13-3-4 (the most wins in 2008 by any Horizon League team) and a 5-0-3 league tally. Seniors Eduardo Garcia and Frank Patano received highest honors as they were named to the All Great Lakes Region team. Coach Kelly Findley's team tied for ninth in the NCAA Division I in won-loss percentage (.750) in 2008.
In Women's Cross Country, Butler placed third in the Horizon League championships. Junior Marbeth Shiell paced Butler's women with a fourth place finish in 18:34.22. She was the lone Butler runner to place in the Top 15, and she earned first team All-League recognition. Junior Sara Bird came in 21st in 19:20.97, while freshman Lauren Haberkorn came in 23rd in 19:28.13. Rounding out Butler's top five were freshman Bonnie Kaminsky, who came in 27th in 19:43.33 and junior Whitney Turner, who finished 32nd in 19:59.69.
In Men's Cross Country, Senior Andy Baker won a second consecutive individual title and Butler's men captured their 11th straight team title at the 2008 Horizon League Cross Country Championships in Green Bay, Wis., on Saturday, Nov. 1. Baker led Butler to a sweep of the top five individual spots and a perfect team score of 15. He crossed the finish line on the 8K course at Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Trails in 24:54.1, 18 seconds ahead of teammate Rob Mullett in second place. It was the 12th straight year that a Butler runner claimed the league's individual crown. Junior Tom Boardman placed third in 25:18.17, followed by junior Kris Gauson in 25:20 and sophomore Justin Roeder in 25:27.44. It was the second straight year that Butler captured the top five individual spots. On Monday, November 24, Baker earned All-America recognition for the second consecutive year and Butler wound up 29th in the team competition at the 2008 NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship held in Terre Haute. Indiana State hosted the national meet, held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
Oh, you didn't know?
Butler teams competed in 414 events during the 2007-2008 school year.
Bulldog Club donors climbed to an all-time high of 1703 in 2008.
Butlersports.com received 3,507,738 internet hits in 2008.
Butler's 2009 senior class gift is going to be a bronze bust of our legendary former coach, Tony Hinkle! What an exciting and appropriate way to honor Mr. Hinkle. The bust will be located in a yet to be determined location inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. Thank you, Butler seniors!!!
Butler Rising Campaign - Athletics Facilities
We continue to focus our efforts on raising funds to renovate the Butler Bowl. We recently purchased 5,000 aluminum seats from the RCA Dome and will use them on the west side of the bowl. If you have yet to make a charitable gift to this campaign, please consider joining us today!
The Butler Way... demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks constant improvement while promoting the good of the team above self.