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Athletics Hall of Fame Adds Seven Individuals, Two Teams


PUBLISHED ON Jun 05 2017

Six former student-athletes, two teams and a long-time supporter of the athletics program have been chosen for induction into the Butler University Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be formally inducted at a dinner/ceremony on the Butler campus Sept. 15.

Selected as Butler’s 27th Hall of Fame Class are former student-athletes Bob Bartolomeo (football, 1977), Areal Bienemy (volleyball, 2005), Joel Cornette (men’s basketball, 2003), DeWayne Ewing (football, 2001), Kim Lubbehusen (women’s cross country and track and field, 1996), Mark Ribordy (football, 1987), the 1995 men’s soccer team, the 1981-82 women’s basketball team, and Special Service Award recipient Winstan R. “Bud” Sellick (1947).

“We are proud to welcome this exceptional group of individuals and teams to the Butler University Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “Their accomplishments inspired many and provided a platform to showcase The Butler Way.”

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 2017 Class will bring the membership of the Butler Hall of Fame to 207 individuals and 11 teams.

BOB BARTOLOMEO, Football (player and coach), ‘77
Bartolomeo spent 13 years at Butler as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach. He was a three-year letterwinner with the Bulldogs as a player. During his tenure, Bartolomeo would help guide Butler to a 98-40-4 overall record that included 10 conference titles and three NCAA Division II playoff berths. He continued his coaching career at the University of Indianapolis where he went 72-30-1 as a head coach. The three-time GLVC Coach of the Year would also spend 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Ball State.

AREAL BIENEMY, Volleyball, ’05
After becoming Butler’s first honorable mention AVCA All-American in 2003, Bienemy repeated the honor by becoming the first two-time honorable mention All-American in 2004. Bienemy, a two-time AVCA Midwest All-Region selection and two-time All-Horizon League honoree, finished the 2004 season with averages of 3.89 kills, 1.28 blocks and 1.23 digs per game while hitting .242 on the season. She finished her BU career ranked seventh in career blocks and 10th in kills. In Bienemy’s two All-American seasons, the Bulldogs posted a 38-22 overall record and a 21-7 mark in league play.


JOEL CORNETTE, Men’s Basketball, ’03
Cornette led Butler to three NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT during his collegiate career. He was recognized as the Co-MVP of the 2002-03 team that finished 27-6, won the Horizon League regular season championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Cornette scored more than 1,000 points during his BU career while also leading the team in rebounds for three consecutive seasons and in blocked shots in four straight seasons. His efforts landed him on the Horizon League All-Defensive Team in three of his four years at BU. Cornette was the Co-Recipient of Butler’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award in 2002-03 and was also chosen to Butler’s 15-player Team of the Sesquicentennial in 2005-06. Cornette passed away in 2016.

DeWAYNE EWING, Football, ‘01
Ewing is the all-time leading passer in Butler football history with 8,094 career passing yards. At the time of his graduation, he was also the all-time leading passer in the Pioneer Football League. The two-time Butler Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year held 14 Butler and eight PFL passing rebounds at the end of his collegiate career. Ewing still owns Butler’s single-season passing record when he threw for 3,182 yards in 2000. That same season he broke Butler’s single-game passing record with 497 yards vs. San Diego. He earned First Team All-PFL honors in 2000 and was also named honorable mention I-AA All-America.

KIM LUBBEHUSEN, Cross Country / Track, ‘96
A standout runner at Butler, Lubbehusen was a two-time Midwestern Collegiate Conference individual cross country champion as well as a two-time All-MCC selection. The four-year letterwinner was the MCC Indoor Track Champion in the mile during the 1996 season. That same year she won the 1,000-meter championship at the MCC conference meet. Lubbehusen’s times in the 1,500, mile and 3,000 were Butler records at the time of her graduation.

MARK RIBORDY, Football, ‘87
Ribordy led Butler in both tackles and sacks during the 1986 season. In 1985, he ranked second on the team in tackles, but led the team in sacks during his junior campaign. The two-time First-Team All-Heartland Collegiate Conference recipient earned Butler Defensive MVP honors as a senior.

WINSTAN R. “BUD” SELLICK, ’47 (Special Service Award)
Consistent donors to Butler for more than a third of a century, Sellick and his wife, Jackie, endowed three scholarships. They also made gifts to the Butler Fund and several athletic funds, including the restoration of Hinkle Fieldhouse. In 2007, Bud and Jackie Sellick received the Ovid Butler Society Mortarboard Award. In 2014, Bud also was honored when he received the Butler Medal. With a large gift of from their estate benefiting Butler Athletics, the Lacy School of Business, and general University support, the Butler Bowl has been renamed the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl. As a student, he was involved in the band, Kappa Kappa Psi band honorary, and Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In 1947, he began his successful career as an insurance agent in the Indianapolis area. Mr. Sellick passed away in 2015.

The 1995 men’s soccer team won Butler’s first-ever Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship. They ended the season with an 18-5-1 overall record that included a 6-1-1 mark in the MCC. The Bulldogs entered the conference tournament as the No 2 seed, but upended No. 1 seed Detroit in the championship match. The overtime win would send Butler to their first-ever NCAA Tournament where they defeated Central Connecticut State in the play-in game. The Bulldogs would eventually reach the Sweet 16 by defeating national power Indiana 1-0. The talented 1995 roster set or tied 11 team and individual records.

Every member of the starting five on the 1981-82 women’s basketball team ended their collegiate basketball career at Butler with more than 1,000 points. The core unit of Liz Skinner, Barb Skinner, Beth Piepenbrink, Elza Purvlicis, and Sue Morris helped Butler post a 23-3 overall record and reach the AIAW National Tournament. The 23 wins in a single-season places the 1981-82 team in a four-way tie for the third-most wins in program history.


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Athletics Hall of Fame Adds Seven Individuals, Two Teams

ix former student-athletes, two teams and a long-time supporter of the athletics program have been chosen for induction into the Butler University Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Lavall Jordan Introduced as New Men's Basketball Coach


PUBLISHED ON Jun 15 2017

LaVall Jordan ’01 returned home to Butler University on Wednesday, June 14, to become the school’s 24th men’s basketball coach, pledging to uphold the values of the Butler Way and to build on past successes.

Jordan, who played at Butler from 1997-2001 and served on the coaching staff from 2003-2007, said being hired to lead the team at his alma mater was a dream come true.

“I’m blessed, honored, humbled to lead this program,” he told an audience in the Hinkle Fieldhouse Wildman Room that included family, friends, former teammates, and current players. “I can’t wait for the first game. When I listen and hear the chant ‘B-U, T-L-E, R you a Bulldog,’ I may stop coaching for a second and turn around and say ‘Hell, yeah.’”

Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Butler and went on to play professional basketball in Europe. His coaching career began on the Butler sidelines, first as Coordinator of Basketball Operations, then as an Assistant Coach for three seasons (2004–2007). He helped guide the Bulldogs to a 29-7 record in 2006-2007, sharing the Horizon League regular season title in 2007. Butler advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2007 NCAA Tournament before a loss to eventual national champion, Florida.

He spent three years at Iowa under Todd Lickliter (2007–2010), followed by six seasons as an Assistant Coach with the University of Michigan basketball program under head coach John Beilein. Last season, he was Head Coach at Milwaukee.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier introduced Jordan, calling him “a man of high character and integrity, one of the very first checkmarks we have to make here in hiring someone to lead this program.” He said he hired Jordan not just because of his successes on the court, but because of his track record “as a mentor, a leader, a developer of young men – a person who accentuates the value of a degree from Butler University.”

Jordan promised to bring a holistic approach to coaching that includes teaching and mentoring so that when the players leave, they’ll be great husbands, fathers, and community leaders.

“I wouldn’t be who I am today without great teachers and great mentors in the locker room helping me grow from a young adult into a man,” he said.

He described Butler as “a place built on values.”

“We use those values as the guiding principles for our basketball program,” he said. “Those values are in my DNA, having lived it each and every day as a student-athlete here at Butler. And I’ve carried those values with me, I’ve carried the Butler Way with me, everywhere I’ve coached. No question.”

Jordan remembered being recruited to Butler by Collier as a high school student in Albion, Michigan. Jordan said Butler was the only official visit he took. On the drive home, his father asked, “What else are you looking for?”

“I couldn’t answer it,” Jordan said. His father told him, “‘Sleep on it, but if you don’t have an answer for it, then this is the place.

Jordan said it was the people—Mike Marshall was his student host—that convinced him Butler was the right choice. As a freshman, the team made the NCAA tournament, and by his senior year the Bulldogs won a tournament game for the first time in 39 years.

“And away it went,” he said, “because of the type of people.”


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Brendan King

Brendan King ’17


PUBLISHED ON Dec 15 2017

Brendan King ’17 didn’t know what he was in for when he arrived at the Butler Bowl just a few weeks into his first year to cover his first game for

King was assigned to do the live play-by-play broadcast for the men’s soccer game against Indiana University in September 2013. The Bulldogs won a thrilling victory in double overtime against the Hoosiers in front of a crowd of almost 5,000 people. King knew from that moment on that he had made the right choice in Butler University.

The Mokena, Illinois, native came to Butler as a Journalism major and then switched to Sports Media when Butler first started offering the program his sophomore year.

“Sports Media and the College of Communication have done a fantastic job of preparing me just by the vast majority of activities I’ve gotten involved in whether that’s in the classroom or out of the classroom,” he said.

King says being able to get involved right away like he did was one of the things that drew him to the school. Since his freshman year, King has been a sports reporter for the Butler Collegian and a sports broadcaster for a number of Butler athletic teams.

Outside of the classroom, King has had numerous internship opportunities both in Indianapolis and across the country. He spent summer 2016 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, working for a minor league baseball team called the Orleans Firebirds. He was the play-by-play broadcaster for the team, developing valuable on-the-job experience during his time there.

In fall of his senior year, King worked as a broadcast intern for 1070 The Fan, a local sports radio station in Indianapolis. After graduation, he spent the summer broadcasting games for the Boise Hawks, the Short-Season Single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, then returned to Indianapolis and 1070 The Fan, where he's been filling in. Next season, he will be the number two voice of the South Bend Cubs.

He said he is more than ready to take on a career in the sports broadcasting industry with his Butler education behind him.

“The professors at Butler give you the tools you need in the classroom and the confidence you need to succeed outside the classroom,” King said. “That’s why I think Butler students are so ready.”

Brendan King

Brendan King ’17

He gained the tools for success—and the confidence he needed.

Zach Hahn

Zach Hahn ’11


PUBLISHED ON Dec 21 2017

Zach Hahn ‘11 has always been a team player.

A four-year member of the Butler Men’s Basketball team, Hahn helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA championship games in 2010 and 2011. He grew as a player (and a person) under the guidance and poise of Coach Brad Stevens.

A Physical and Health Education major in the College of Education at Butler, he formed close relationships with professors and classmates to reach his high academic goals—he made the Horizon League All-Academic team three times.

“In life, you are going to be on many teams,” Hahn said. “It’s not always going to be about you. It should be about the bigger picture. Whether it’s school or work or family, you have to work together to try and accomplish the goals you have.”

He recalls his professors setting up Skype in the classroom so he could keep up with lectures while on the road for basketball.

He spent the second semester of his senior year student teaching at Shortridge High School and Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, which allowed him to observe the day-to-day lives of the teaching professionals he aspired to follow.

He soaked up the advice of COE professors Mindy Welch and Lisa Farley, who Hahn said “served as a role model and an example of what all of us as educators hope to become someday.”

But more than anything, he said Butler taught him the importance of community and building relationships.

Hahn is now the Men’s Head Basketball Coach and Health and Physical Education Teacher at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. He credits Butler with giving him the experiences that helped him reach his goals.

“As an educator, I’m a firm believer that people don’t care what you know until they first know that you care about them,” he said. “My professors did that for me.”

Zach Hahn

Zach Hahn ’11

Values gained on the team play out in the classroom.

Butler Roots Run Deep

By Rachel Stern

DETROIT—Out on the hardwood, toward a far corner of the court, the shortest player with the floppy blonde hair puts up three-pointer after three-pointer. Swish, swish, swish. At one point, he hits nine in a row.

He is 5 feet 11 inches, and Campbell Donovan wearing number 0 on his jersey is in a land of giants. It is the Thursday before Donovan, a freshman walk-on, and No. 10 Butler will take on No. 7 Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  

The team is at open practice – think glorified shoot-around – but to Campbell, this is serious business. Any chance to work on his game, be a part of the Butler team, and, his dad Rick jokes, put up shots, is a good day. And he knows to never take it for granted.

That’s because, despite basically growing up in Hinkle Fieldhouse, he was very close to never putting on the Butler jersey at all.

The Butler Bond Begins

Donovan Family
          Donovan Family during 2015-2016 Season

Rick Donovan grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana during Hoosier Hysteria, dreaming of playing basketball at the college level. He rooted for Purdue, but when it came time for Rick to head off to college, it looked like he would have a good chance to play at Butler. Joe Sexson was the head coach and the team wasn’t great, Rick said, but he was excited. “Once you get that Butler blue in your blood, Purdue and everyone else becomes secondary,” he says. “I had an amazing experience there.”

Barry Collier took over for Sexson during Rick’s senior season and Rick says, he could tell the program was starting to move in the right direction. After graduating in 1990 and enrolling in law school at Valparaiso, Rick bought season tickets to the Bulldogs and he hasn’t looked back since.

Rick and his wife, Sabrina, still live in Fort Wayne, but that hasn’t stopped them from traveling to Indianapolis for most games. And, it turns out, the Donovans have had several reasons to keep coming back to Hinkle. And keep coming back, and back, and back.

Another Donovan Joins Butler

Campbell remembers the drive from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis. There have been so many trips back and forth, but this one, he says, sticks out. His oldest sister, Ali, was on the brink of heading off to college at Butler, but first, she had a cheerleading tryout. Campbell was devastated.

“I remember it was her tryout day and I was in the backseat so sad,” he says. “She was about to leave home and I really didn’t want her to leave yet. She is 10 years older, so I remember thinking how upsetting it would be without her at home. But I also remember how excited she was to have the chance to cheer at Butler. We grew up at Hinkle with my dad watching basketball games and everything, so this was huge for her. I just remember being real sad, but also real nervous for her and just thinking what a big deal it was.”

Ali ended up making the cheer team. Donovan No. 2 to be connected to Butler Athletics. Rick says he made a distinct effort to remain open-minded during Ali’s college search. They made about four college visits and he was very impressed with all the schools.

“When Ali decided on Butler, let’s just say I was extremely happy,” Rick says. “It was really neat and special to see my kid on the court. I remember people would always ask, did you ever think you would see one of your kids out there, and I always would think of Campbell with hoops, that’s just what would come to my mind. But seeing Ali cheer was very special.”

With Ali’s four-years came more trips to Butler sporting events, says Campbell. He remembers going to tons of basketball games, football games, and traveling all the time.  With all of the travel, Rick says, he started to see his son’s motivation and passion grow. Rick and Campbell used to stay up late and watch Butler compete in the Atlantic 10 on television when they had away games. But once Ali joined the cheerleading team, Rick says, they started traveling to more and more games.

“I literally grew up in Hinkle,” Campbell says. “The coolest thing was she was on the cheer team during the 2010 and 2011 National Championship runs. This was the time that Butler was really starting to become a household name and gain national prominence. I knew before that it was cool my dad played in college and that was a big deal. But this was when it really hit me how much of a big deal playing for Butler was. It was then that I decided, OK, I really want to play basketball for Butler one day.”

A Dream Comes True

Rick and Campbell have walked out of Hinkle Fieldhouse together too many times to count. But this time, Rick made a beeline to Scotty’s Dawghouse. He had to talk some sense into his son.

The two of them had just met with, Butler’s head coach at the time, Chris Holtmann. They expected the meeting to just be a chance to get to know one another, let Holtmann know Campbell was interested in potentially walking on, and find out what the process would be like. At that point, Campbell was being recruited heavily by smaller schools, such as Division III’s DePauw. He knew he would have a great experience at a smaller school, get a lot of playing time, and that these smaller schools were very interested in him. However, Butler was always his dream.

Rick happened to play in an alumni game in fall 2016, which led to a phone call with former Butler assistant coach Terry Johnson, which led to this very meeting with Holtmann at the end of the season. An hour-and-a-half into the meeting, Rick couldn’t help himself. He kept looking over at Campbell, thinking, is this really happening.

“It seemed like Coach Holtmann was going in the direction of offering Cam a walk on position,” Rick says. “We just were looking at each other, like, is he really going to offer this? It was such a surprise. We were days away from probably going with one of the smaller schools, just because we didn’t know if this was an option for Cam. I really think if I pushed Cam with one finger he would have fallen over.”

Holtmann ended the meeting by telling Campbell to give the walk on role some thought and then to get back to him. Campbell said thanks and left. Rick couldn’t believe it. “I told him, you have been waiting 18 years for this, working your butt off, dreaming about this, the heck you will think this over,” Rick joked. “Cam told me he didn’t want to look too anxious, but after lunch he walked right back over to Hinkle and told Coach he couldn’t wait to join the team.”

Back to the Tournament

Campbell with Sisters
         Campbell with sisters at Final 4 in 2010.

There was the time Roosevelt Jones hit a floater at the buzzer to beat Gonzaga at Hinkle. Campbell remembers storming the court from 15 rows up. Then there was the time he watched in person as Butler advanced to their first ever National Championship in 2010, knocking off Michigan State. He remembers watching with his entire family. He also remembers missing the Final Four the following year because of a family vacation in Florida. He recalls looking for his sister, who was a cheerleader at the time, on TV. He was bummed he wasn’t there as he watched from the beach.

“Having all these memories, and now being in Detroit as a part of the team, it’s just mind blowing,” Campbell says. “Having this opportunity to be in the tournament, even though I am just a small part of it, but knowing I am a little part of something special, is just so incredible.”

Rick and Sabrina will be in the stands on Friday. Their two daughters will join on Sunday, if Butler advances. “Friday will be very emotional for me,” Rick says. “Butler has been great to us as a family. I am smiling all the time when I walk into Hinkle, but this will definitely be a different level of excitement getting to see Cam achieve something he always had in the back of his mind, surrounded by so many great teammates and friends.”

Campbell was one of the last one’s off the court Thursday. Putting up a few last shots, taking in every last second on the court. His first time being a member of an NCAA Tournament team, something he has thought so much about. “I try and put myself in the shoes of where I was last year, not even knowing where I was going to go to college,” Campbell says. “I remind myself all the time how lucky I am to be at Butler, not only as a walk on, which is amazing because so many kids would give a lot to be in my position, but to just take classes here and be at such an amazing University. It is really a great all around place and I am enjoying every moment.”


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Butler Roots Run Deep

DETROIT—Out on the hardwood, toward a far corner of the court, the shortest player with the floppy blonde hair puts up three-pointer after three-pointer. Swish, swish, swish. At one point, he hits nine in a row.

Team at Practice

Butler Roots Run Deep

By Rachel Stern

From Detroit: Fans Reflect on Victory

By Rachel Stern

DETROIT—It is only about 30 minutes after No. 10 Butler has knocked off No. 7 Arkansas in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, but Jessie Eastman must put the celebration on a quick hold of the modern variety. “We are making a pit stop because we took too many pictures, so all of our phones are dead,” says Eastman, a 2015 Butler graduate who lives in Detroit and attended the game with seven friends. “We had a blast and probably took too many pictures. We are going to stop at home to charge our phones and then keep the celebration going.”

All of Bulldog Nation has reason to celebrate. During a game of runs – Butler jumped out to a 21-2 lead in the opening minutes, only to see that disappear late in the first half – it was the Bulldogs that took control again early in the second half and pushed the lead back to double digits en route to a 79-62 win. Now, the Bulldogs will take on 2-seed Purdue on Sunday in an all-Indiana matchup. The Boilermakers beat Butler 82-67 in the Crossroads Classic in December, but the Bulldogs lead Purdue 2-1 in head-to-head Crossroad matchups. The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to the Sweet 16 next weekend.

“We had a much louder, larger crowd than Arkansas today. There was a huge Butler showing and it felt like a home game. Of course, nothing beats Hinkle, but it was pretty close,” Eastman says. “It will be really exciting to see the atmosphere against Purdue. Today, we saw Purdue fans rooting us on, but of course on Sunday, it will be a completely different story.” Eastman, who has lived in Detroit for about a year, was hoping on Selection Sunday that Butler would play in Detroit. After the bracket was released, her phone started blowing up. She has fellow Butler grads from Indianapolis and Chicago asking to stay on her couch, and now, they just extended their stay.

“Oh, we are definitely starting to look into tickets and will be here through Sunday,” says Kate Allen, who graduated from Butler in 2015 and now lives in Indianapolis. “Typically, I am bad luck for Butler, so I am always skeptical, but today they certainly proved me wrong. This was my first tournament game in person and it was amazing.” Some of their friends who live in Chicago already had St. Patrick’s Day plans on Saturday. After Butler beat Arkansas, they hit the road to drive back to Chicago and plan on returning to Detroit for Sunday’s game.

“The tournament atmosphere is just so exciting,” Eastman says. “It is so great to see all the fans. The fact that we are going up against Purdue adds another level of excitement, for sure. We need to prove our worth after the Crossroads Classic loss and I think we are definitely ready for that comeback game.”

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From Detroit: Fans Reflect on Victory

DETROIT—It is only about 30 minutes after No. 10 Butler has knocked off No. 7 Arkansas in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, but Jessie Eastman must put the celebration on a quick hold of the modern variety.