Six Chosen For Butler Athletics Hall of Fame

Clockwise from top left: Jerry Butler, Todd Lickliter, Curt Roy, Justin Young, Stephen Armstrong and Beth Crauder.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Six former student-athletes, including one former coach, have been selected for induction into the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame.  The 2014 Hall of Fame class will be formally inducted at a dinner/ceremony on the Butler campus this fall.

Chosen for induction this year as Butler’s 24th Hall of Fame Class are former student-athletes Jerry Butler (football/track and field, 1956-60), Todd Lickliter (basketball, 1975-79/coach, 2001-07), Curt Roy (football, 1979-83), Beth Crauder (women’s soccer, 1993-96), Stephen Armstrong (men’s soccer, 1996-99) and Justin Young (cross country/track and field 1997-2001).

“The Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame is very pleased to welcome this outstanding class of 2014 inductees,” said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier.  “Their exceptional accomplishments and character are inspiring and bring honor to the University.  These six inductees exemplify The Butler Way.  We look forward to sharing this special time with them and many of their teammates.”

Butler earned three varsity letters in track, one varsity letter in football and participated for one season in cross country as an undergraduate.  He helped the Bulldogs to a football championship in the Indiana Collegiate Conference in 1960, but it was as a member of the track and field team where he really excelled.  He won conference and Little State individual titles in the 100-yard dash, the 440-yard dash and the 220-yard low hurdles, and he set a school record in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles.  He won both the Andy Williams Award for mental attitude and the Scott Ham Award as Butler’s outstanding track performer in 1961.  

Lickliter was a two-year varsity letterwinner on Butler’s basketball teams, 1977-79, and he returned to his alma mater as an assistant basketball coach before eventually serving as head basketball coach, 2001-07.  He guided the Bulldogs to a 131-61 (.682) record in six seasons as the head coach, and he led Butler to postseason tournament play four times, including NCAA “Sweet 16” appearances in 2003 and 2007.  His teams won three Horizon League regular season titles, captured championships at the 2001 Top of the World Classic and the 2001 Hoosier Classic and claimed the 2006 NIT Season Tip-Off crown.  The successful coach led Butler into the “Top 25” in three of his six campaigns, including a “Top 10” national ranking in 2006-07.  Lickliter, currently head coach at Marian University in Indianapolis, was named Horizon League Coach of the Year twice, and he was selected as the 2006-07 NABC Division I National Coach of the Year.

Roy was a two-time Most Valuable Offensive Player and the starting quarterback on the first Butler football team to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II Football National Championship.  He helped guide the Bulldogs to a 9-1-1 record, a Heartland Collegiate Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs in 1983.  The three-year varsity letterwinner set a Butler single season passing record in 1981, missed the 1982 season with a broken thumb, and then came back to break his own season passing mark in 1983.  He finished his career in third place on Butler’s all-time passing list, and he still ranks among Butler’s “Top 10” all-time leading passers.  Roy was a first team all-conference performer in 1983 and an honorable mention all-league pick in 1981.

Crauder was a four-year standout on the Butler women’s soccer teams from 1993 to 1996.  She was a three-time, first team All-Horizon League performer, a two-time Horizon League All-Tournament pick, a two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection and the 1996 Horizon League Player of the Year.  She helped lead Butler to its first Horizon League women’s soccer championship in 1995 and then helped the team to another title in 1996.  Crauder tied the second-highest Butler single season total for goals with 13 in 1996, and her 35 career goals were a school record at the time of her graduation.  She currently stands third on Butler’s all-time list for goals and fourth in all-time assists (19) and all-time points (89).

Armstrong was a key performer on Butler’s successful men’s soccer teams in the late 1990’s.  He helped lead the Bulldogs to a pair of Horizon League regular season championships, two conference tournament titles and two trips to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.  A prolific scorer, he became just the second player in Butler history to score more than 100 career points, and he finished his career in second place on Butler’s all-time lists for goals scored and points.  He was a three-time, first team All-Horizon League performer and a three-time All-Mideast Region player, and he was named third team NSCAA All-America in 1998.  Armstrong was a member of the South Africa Olympic Team in 1995-96, and he went on to play professionally for seven different teams after his graduation from Butler.

Young earned national recognition as a distance runner on Butler’s track and cross country teams from 1997 to 2001.  He qualified for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship three times in his four seasons, and he claimed All-America honors with a 22nd place finish at the national meet in 1998.  He was the Midwestern Collegiate Conference runner-up in cross country in both 1999 and 2001.  The Butler distance ace also turned in impressive performances during the track season, including MCC titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs in 2001 and an 11th place finish in the 10,000 meter run at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championship.  Young, who was named Butler’s Freshman Male Athlete of the Year in 1997-98, competed internationally at the 1998 IAAF World Junior Championship and the 2009 World Track and Field Championships.   
 
The Butler Hall of Fame was created in 1991 to provide a forum in which those who have brought honor and respect to Butler University and its athletic program could be acknowledged and permanently enshrined in Hinkle Fieldhouse.  Inductees have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of the University in the field of athletics, and continued to demonstrate in their lives the values imparted by athletics.  The 2014 Class will bring the membership of the Butler Hall of Fame to 188 individuals and seven teams.