July 18, 2011

Farley Elected To River Falls High School Hall of Fame

RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Butler baseball coach Steve Farley, who just completed his 20th season at BU, has been inducted into his high school's athletic hall of fame. Fourteen alumni from River Falls High School in Wisconsin were honored.

Farley, a four-time Horizon League Coach of the Year, graduated from the Wisconsin school in 1977. He was an all-conference and team captain standout in football, basketball and baseball. He posted a 25-1 career pitching record in high school and batted .521 as a senior, earning all-state honors in 1977. His lone prep loss was a 1-0 defeat in the state tournament. He led the River Falls baseball team to a pair of conference titles and was twice selected first team all-conference.

"It's an honor to be chosen in this inaugural class of the River Falls High School Hall of Fame," Farley said. "With so many top athletes coming out of my high school, there are many deserving people. I wouldn't have enjoyed the success I had without so many great coaches and teammates."

The veteran Bulldog baseball coach also was quarterback, kicker and punter on the football team, earning all-conference honors in 1976. He was one of the top punters in Wisconsin, averaging 43 yards per punt. Farley was also an all-conference basketball player and was among the team's leading scorers and rebounders.

After his days at River Falls, Farley played baseball at the University of Minnesota and earned a bachelor's degree in 1981. He received a master's degree from the University of Arizona in 1983.

Since coming to BU in 1991, Farley has led the Dawgs to five conference titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Last year, he was awarded the ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award at the national baseball coaches convention in Nashville. 

Farley and his wife, Lisa, who is a professor at Butler, live in Indianapolis with their two daughters.