The 2011-12 academic year was one of considerable determination, growth, accomplishment and decision making. We appreciated the determination of our student-athletes and teams as they prepared themselves for the challenges of the season season. We witnessed considerable growth of our teams as they evolved from a collection of individuals, to play with one spirit. We had considerable accomplishment in the form of: classroom excellence, as 11 of our 19 teams were honored by the NCAA for a top 10 percent finish among their Division 1 peers; and conference championships for men’s cross country, women’s cross country and women’s golf.
The major decision of the year in athletics, resulted in a May 2012 announcement to change conference affiliation. After 33 year years in the Horizon League, Butler has joined the Atlantic 10 Conference. President Jim Danko’s leadership was instrumental in the move to the A-10, which fits perfectly with Butler’s future. Associating with excellent academic institutions, expanding our geographic footprint for marketing and student recruitment purposes, and competing in one of the nation’s premiere athletic conferences were profound reasons for the shift to the A-10.
For the second straight year, the Bulldog Club (Butler’s athletic boosters) eclipsed the 2,700-member plateau, finishing 2012 with 2,771 athletic donors. Since 2008, Bulldog Club membership has increased by 81%.
Improvements to Hinkle Fieldhouse began this past summer with exterior work. Extensive tuck-pointing and window replacement are the major improvements to the building and will not change its look or spirit. We are currently in the leadership phase of the Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse and will add the public phase later this week.
Atlantic 10 Champions!! Our men’s and women’s cross country teams won the A-10 Championships in Philadelphia on October 27. Our Katie Clark was the individual champion in the women’s race. Way to go Dogs!!
We are very grateful for the efforts of our student-athletes and staff and we sincerely thank our many volunteers, donors, sponsors and contest attendees for their support.
Winning the right way IS the Butler Way!
Vice President and Athletic Director
The Butler Way... demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks constant improvement while promoting the good of the team above self.