Kit Cartwright
Kit Cartwright
Birth Date: 01/04/1954
Previous College: Bowling Green ' 76
Position: Head Coach
Seasons at Butler: 4th season
Kit Cartwright was named the 23rd head football coach at Butler University in July of 2002. He took over for his former boss, Ken LaRose, who left the coaching profession to enter private business. Cartwright boasts more than a quarter of a century of intercollegiate football coaching experience at 11 different universities. He served on the football staff at four different Big Ten schools, and he served as offensive coordinator in three additional Division I programs. Cartwright joined Butler's staff in July of 1998, following a one-year stint as passing game coordinator under head coach Bill Mallory at Indiana University. In four seasons as Butler's offensive coordinator, he helped the Bulldogs set 10 school offensive records. During the 2000 campaign, the Bulldogs set single season marks fro points scored (356), passing yards (3,233) and total offense yards (4,530). Butler led the Pioneer Football League in team passing for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001), and the Bulldogs topped the PFL in total offense in 2000. The Bulldogs ranked fifth in the NCAA Division I in passing offense and ninth in total offense in the 2000 season! The Butler head coach began his coaching career as defensive coordinator at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1977. He was a part-time coach at Penn State University (1978-spring 1979), before taking an assistant coach position at Bowling Green State University (1979-82). He followed with coaching stints at Purdue University (1983-86), Eastern Illinois University (1987-88), Colorado State University (1989-92), Ball State University (1993), the University of Michigan (1994-95) and Indiana. Cartwright was the offensive coordinator at Ball State and Eastern Illinois, in addition to Butler. He was quarterback and receivers coach at Michigan and defensive secondary and receivers coach at Purdue. Cartwright has helped seven different teams to post-season bowl games. He was on the Penn State staff for the 1979 Sugar Bowl and with Bowling Green for the 1982 California Bowl. In 1984, he helped Purdue to the Peach Bowl, and then he helped guide Colorado State to the 1991 Freedom Bowl. He was with Ball State at the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, helped Michigan to the 1994 Holiday Bowl, and he was with the Wolverines at the 1995 Alamo Bowl. He further helped develop five All-American performers and several players who went on to earn a spot in the NFL, including New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady and Brian Griese of the Denver Broncos. For four seasons, he was the position coach for DeWayne Ewing, who finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading passer in Butler University and PFL history! A native of Toledo, Ohio, Cartwright was a three-sport athlete at Rogers High School. He attended Bowling Green, where he was a walk-on defensive back on the football team under coach Don Nehlen, who later served as head coach at West Virginia. He earned a B.S. degree from Bowling Green in 1976, and he received a master's degree from Toledo in 1982. Cartwright and his wife, Dawn, are the parents of a son, Michael, and two daughters, Kelly and Kristy. TMTM