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Trae Heeter ’14

The opportunities to get a great education and play Division I football were what brought Trae Heeter ’14 to Butler, and he made the most of both.

As an Elementary Education major, he spent four years in local classrooms—in field experiences and as a student-teacher—preparing to teach fifth grade, which he’s now doing at the Indianapolis Public Schools/Butler Lab School.

As a running back for the Bulldogs, he led the Pioneer Football League in rushing his junior and senior years, rolling up 2,478 yards and scoring 27 touchdowns.

“Education is huge in my family,” Heeter said. “I saw that Butler would be a place where I could really blossom as a football player and find a career and passion in the classroom.”

Heeter grew up in Indianapolis. Several state universities offered him scholarships or preferred walk-on status, but football Coach Jeff Voris convinced him to visit Butler. “As soon as you walk on campus, you see how special a place it is,” Heeter said.

Voris told him, “You might not get the athletic scholarship, but there’s ways to make sure you have the resources you need, as well as graduate with a great degree and be ready to start a career.”

Heeter said he was prepared, beginning the day he started in the College of Education. Like all Butler Education majors, in his first-year courses, he began going to area schools to observe veteran teachers and learn to work with students. By senior year, he was student-teaching full-time at the Lab School.

After graduating in December 2014, Heeter took a job as a fifth-grade teacher in the Washington Township school district in Indianapolis. When Lab School Principal Ron Smith ’88 MS ’96 called and said he had a similar position open beginning in August 2015, Heeter jumped at the chance to return.

In addition to teaching, Heeter’s now back at Butler, working on his master’s degree in the EPPSP (Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals) program. His goal is to become either a principal or an athletic director.

In either case, he said he will share the Butler Way principles with his students.

“Know your role, do the right thing when nobody’s looking, and put in the time and effort,” he said. “The results really do show.”

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Trae Heeter ’14

Football star turned educator

Brendan King ’17

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 butlersports.com.

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
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Brendan King ’17

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

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Lavall Jordan Introduced as New Men's Basketball Coach

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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.”

 

Media contact:
Marc Allan
mallan@butler.edu
317-940-9822

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President Danko's Message Regarding Coach Holtmann's Departure

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PUBLISHED ON Jun 09 2017

Dear Butler University Community Members,

Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Butler University men’s basketball team, informed Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier and me late Thursday that he had accepted a position at The Ohio State University. Chris has been a tremendous ambassador for Butler over the past several years. Our team has enjoyed great success on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.

James DankoPlease join me in thanking Chris for his leadership and wishing him, Lori, and Nora continued success as they begin this new endeavor.

While this news will disappoint many within our community, we have great days ahead of us—in academics, athletics, and beyond.

Our men’s basketball program has enjoyed success at the highest levels for several decades, and I am confident that it will continue to do so. Butler University is committed to supporting a program that will continue to be among the best in the BIG EAST and on a national level.

I have great confidence in Barry Collier to identify the next dynamic leader of our program. Butler will hire someone who embodies The Butler Way—someone who will spearhead success on the court, while also leading a program that makes our University proud.

Thank you for your continued support of Butler University. We look forward to introducing you to Butler’s next basketball coach soon.

Sincerely,

James M. Danko
President, Butler University

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President Danko's Message Regarding Coach Holtmann's Departure

"Our men’s basketball program has enjoyed success at the highest levels for several decades, and I am confident that it will continue to do so."

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Athletics Hall of Fame Adds Seven Individuals, Two Teams

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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.

1995 MEN’S SOCCER TEAM
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.

1981-82 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
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.

 

Media contact:
John Dedman
317-940-9414
jdedman@butler.edu

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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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Butler Signs Coach Holtmann to Contract Extension

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PUBLISHED ON May 18 2016

Butler and men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann have agreed to a contract extension. The deal now runs through the 2021-22 season.

Chris HoltmannHoltmann's teams have posted a 45-22 record in his two seasons as head coach. He and former coach Brad Stevens are the only coaches in Butler history to lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in each of their first two seasons, where both of Holtmann's teams have advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. His teams are an impressive 22-14 in BIG EAST play. Holtmann will add Butler's highest-rated recruiting class in program history for the 2016-17 season, a class that was ranked as high as 20th on National Signing Day.

"This extension shows the commitment that both Chris and the University are making to the success of our men's basketball program on and off the court," said Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier. "Chris has led our team to significant accomplishments on the court these past two seasons, while also providing outstanding leadership as a key member of the Butler community."

Butler finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 22-11 record and fourth-place finish in the BIG EAST. The Bulldogs' 79.9 points per game ranked in the Top 25 nationally. Kellen Dunham,Roosevelt Jones and Kelan Martin each earned All-BIG EAST honors.

"In his time at Butler, Chris has proven himself to be among the top tier of coaches nationally," said Butler President James Danko. "We have seen that translate to wins on the court. Chris continues to be an excellent ambassador for Butler University and our mission. On behalf of the Butler community, I'm excited for our future with Chris continuing to lead our men's basketball program and the tremendous coaching staff and student-athletes who represent us so well."

Holtmann was named Butler's 23rd men's basketball head coach in January of 2015, after serving for three months as interim head coach. He guided the 2014-15 Bulldogs to a 23-11 record, a tie for second place in the BIG EAST and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Butler tied the fourth-best single season turnaround (+8 wins) in BIG EAST history.

"I want to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for their continued support and confidence in our long-term ability to lead this outstanding program," said Holtmann. "I know I speak for our staff when I say how much we understand and appreciate the great responsibility that comes with this position. I am honored to serve Butler University in this capacity and I, along with Lori and Nora, are very excited about our future here.

"After graduating two outstanding senior classes, we are well aware of the challenges ahead. Clearly we are competing in one of the premier conferences in college basketball and we look forward to working very hard every day to make all those who have been a part of, and care about, Butler Basketball proud of our program."

The 2016-17 Bulldogs return three starters from last season's team, including Kelan Martin, who averaged 15.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while earning All-BIG EAST Second Team honors. The Bulldogs also add a recruiting class ranked in the Top 25 by several outlets, in addition to transfers Kethan Savage and Avery Woodson.

 

Media contact:
John Dedman
jdedman@butler.edu
317-940-9414

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Butler Signs Coach Holtmann to Contract Extension

Butler and men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann have agreed to a contract extension.

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Butler Women's Soccer Team Wins the BIG EAST Tournament

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 08 2015

Butler captured the 2015 BIG EAST Championship Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Providence. Jamison Midgley's goal in the 20th minute proved to be the game-winner. The fourth-seeded Bulldogs' run through the BIG EAST Tournament improves their record to 16-6-1. The match was played at Creighton's Morrison Stadium.

Women's Soccer – Big East ChampionsButler's Serina Kashimoto served in a corner kick which bounced around the group in the front of the net, including off the body of Providence goalkeeper Kristyn Shea, before Midgley had the last touch which caused the ball to trickle in the net.

"I thought we showed a nice blend today of grit and fight when needed, along with some quality composed soccer in a high pressure game," said Butler co-head coach Rob Alman. "Coming through three games in six days against three very different but excellent teams is a fantastic accomplishment.

"We're delighted to bring the BIG EAST championship back to Indianapolis and share it with our families, friends, fans, other programs, and the amazing support staff that make this possible for our student-athletes. The players have been fully invested and very disciplined from day one. It's great to see their effort and dedication rewarded. We now look forward to seeing what our next challenge will be in the NCAA Tournament."

Providence's best chance of evening the game came in the 82nd minute when BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player Catherine Zimmerman's free kick from 10 yards outside the box hit Card square in the chest and bounced in front of the Butler keeper who had the afternoon sun shining in her eyes. Card managed to scramble and pick up the ball before a Providence player got a foot on it as the Bulldogs escaped the threat. The save was one of three in the second half for Card and one of the four she made overall. Butler managed to keep Providence scrambling over the final minutes as the clock ran out.

Card posted her ninth shutout of the season, which is a new Butler single-season record.

Midgley's goal is the second of her freshman campaign. She also had the game-winner in the regular season finale against Xavier.  Sophia Maccagnone led the Bulldogs with four shots. Senior midfielder Randi DeLong led the Bulldog defense which allowed just one goal over three BIG EAST Championship contests en route to earning BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors. DeLong was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow Bulldogs Kashimoto, Maccagnone and Shannon McDevitt.

Butler's 16 wins set a new program record. The Bulldogs will make their first appearance in the NCAA Championship after claiming the BIG EAST's automatic berth with today's win. The NCAA Selection Show is set for Monday at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on NCAA.com.

The BIG EAST title is Butler's first in any team championship since joining the league prior to the 2013-14 academic year.

BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Catherine Zimmerman, Providence, Sr., F

BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Randi DeLong, Butler, Sr., M

BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Mikhaila Martinov, St. John's, So., D
Allie Moar, St. John's, So., M
Sarah Adams, Georgetown, Sr., F
Crystal Thomas, Georgetown, Sr., F
Kathryn Hiller, Providence, Sr., F
Catherine Zimmerman, Providence, Sr., F
Christina Klaum, Providence, So., M
Serina Kashimoto, Butler, Jr., M
Sophia Maccagnone, Butler, Sr., M
Randi DeLong, Butler, Sr., M
Shannon McDevitt, Butler, So., D

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Hinkle Fieldhouse Renovation Takes Top Honors at Indy Chamber Awards

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 30 2015

Butler University's renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse received the highest honor of the Monumental Award Wednesday, October 28, at the Indy Chamber's annual Monumental Awards gala.

Butler University Announces $16 Million Public Goal for Hinkle CampaignThe premier awards ceremony, organized with assistance from the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), honored the most significant achievements by individuals and businesses that contribute to excellence in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction, real estate development, neighborhood revitalization, engineering, innovative reuse and public art throughout the Indianapolis region.

“The incredible renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse takes a facility that's been one of the best in college athletics for the last eight decades and brings it into the 21st century in a way that maintains its historical character,” Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber, explained. “This project and others submitted for the Monumental Awards showcase the vision and talents of Indy's design, engineering, and construction industries as the cornerstone of our region's built environment.”

The Monumental Award was accepted by representatives of Turner Construction Company.

The winner of the Monumental Award was selected by an impartial jury of community and professional leaders from the Indianapolis region. All awards were deliberated by sanctioning organizations selected from the specific area of discipline for each category.

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Four Butler Teams Earn BIG EAST Academic Excellence Awards

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PUBLISHED ON Aug 05 2015

Four of Butler’s teams were recognized by the BIG EAST Conference with the 2014-15 Team Academic Excellence Award. Twenty-two teams received the award for having the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport on August 4. With four team recipients, Butler ranked second among BIG EAST universities. Butler participates in 18 of the 22 BIG EAST sports.
Butler University Bulldog Opener track meet March 22, 2014.

Butler teams to be recognized included Men’s Basketball, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, and Men’s Tennis.

The winners were chosen based on the 2014-15 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution's roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.

Seven different schools had at least one team honored, with DePaul leading the way with eight certificates. Butler had four teams recognized, followed by St. John's with three. Creighton, Xavier and Temple each boasted a pair of honorees. Seton Hall rounded out the list of schools recognized with its solo nod for volleyball.
 

 

SPORT/SCHOOL
Baseball/St. John's
Men's Basketball/Butler
Women's Basketball/DePaul
Men's Cross Country/Creighton
Women's Cross Country/DePaul
Men's Indoor Track & Field/Butler
Women's Indoor Track & Field/DePaul
Men's Outdoor Track & Field/Butler
Women's Outdoor Track & Field/DePaul
Field Hockey/Temple
Men's Golf/DePaul
Women's Golf/Creighton
Men's Lacrosse/St. John's
Women's Lacrosse/Temple
Men's Soccer/St. John's
Women's Soccer/DePaul
Softball/DePaul
Men's Swimming & Diving/Xavier
Women's Swimming & Diving/Xavier
Men's Tennis/Butler
Women's Tennis/DePaul
Volleyball/Seton Hall

 

Media contact:
John Dedman
jdedman@butler.edu
317-940-9414

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Coach Holtmann's Contract Extended Through 2020-2021

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PUBLISHED ON Mar 30 2015

Butler head Coach Chris Holtmann, who guided the Bulldogs to a very successful men’s basketball campaign in 2014-2015, has been awarded a contract extension. The new deal signed by Holtmann extends the coach’s contract through the 2020-21 season.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have reached a contract extension agreement with Chris,” said Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “He has provided outstanding leadership for our student-athletes, embodied the Butler Way and represented Butler University extremely well.”

Chris HoltmannHoltmann, 43, was named Butler’s 23rd men’s basketball head coach in January, after serving for three months as interim head coach. He was initially tabbed to lead the Bulldogs after former head coach Brandon Miller requested and was granted a medical leave of absence. Holtmann’s performance drew praise from Butler President James Danko.

“Under challenging circumstances, Chris Holtmann stepped in this past season and quickly demonstrated himself worthy of continuing the Butler legacy of excellent coaching and thoughtful leadership, including Barry Collier, that has underpinned Butler’s success. I am delighted that Chris is committed to coaching Butler for many years to come,” stated the Butler President.

Holtmann engineered a remarkable turnaround at Butler this past season, after taking over a program that was 14-17 a year ago and was picked to tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST in the league’s preseason poll. He guided the Bulldogs to a 23-11 record, a tie for second place in the BIG EAST and a second round win in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Butler tied the fourth-best single season turnaround (+8 wins) in BIG EAST history.

The Bulldogs recorded five victories against teams ranked in the “Top 25” at the time, matching the most “Top 25” wins in school history. Butler, unmentioned in the national polls at the start of the season, cracked the “Top 25” of the Associated Press national poll on Dec. 1 and then made it into the USA Today “Top 25” a week later. The Bulldogs remained in the national polls for 15 weeks and werea  ranked as high as No. 15 in the A.P. Poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Poll.

“As a family, we are excited about this opportunity and we are very grateful to be able to serve Butler University in this role for years to come,” stated Holtmann. “This has become home for us and I believe that we achieved success this year because of the quality of people in and around our program that Butler attracts. We understand the great responsibility in this role and will work extremely hard to make those who care about Butler basketball proud. I want to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for their significant leadership and support.”

Holtmann stands fourth on Butler’s list for wins by a first-year coach. And he became just the third coach in Butler history to reach the NCAA Tournament in his first season, and the third to win his first NCAA Tournament game. The Bulldogs’ 23 wins in 2014-15 matched the 11th-highest single season total in Butler basketball history.

Media contact:
Jim McGrath
jmcgrath@butler.edu
317-940-9414

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Hinkle Fieldhouse Renovations Are Ready to Unveil

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 28 2014

Fans will get their first look at the $36 million renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse on November 1 when the Butler men’s basketball team plays Tony Hinkle’s alma mater, the University of Chicago, in a pre-season game.

Game time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hinkle Fieldhouse box office or by calling 317-940-3647 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

For the public, the renovations will mean greater comforts—4,500 new chair-back seats throughout the lower portion of the fieldhouse, a video scoreboard (a first for Hinkle), larger concession stands, additional restrooms, and an expanded gift shop.

A look inside the new men's basketball area of Hinkle Fieldhouse.
A look inside the new men's basketball area of Hinkle Fieldhouse.

 

“Fans are going to appreciate these updates to our great building,” Athletic Director Barry Collier said. “Everything we’ve done has been done with the mindset of making lines faster and space more abundant while retaining the history and charm of Hinkle Fieldhouse.”

Behind the scenes, the fieldhouse has added a weight room that’s nearly twice the size of the old one. There are new training facilities, locker rooms, classroom space for student-athletes, offices for coaches and staff, and meeting space that anyone on campus can book. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have new video rooms to study game film. The men’s facility was made possible by a gift from Gordon Hayward, now with the Utah Jazz.

The 86-year-old fieldhouse also has undergone extensive exterior renovations, including the tuck-pointing of 282,000 bricks, replacement of more than 9,700 windowpanes with energy-efficient glass, and an update of the utilities.

“Butler University is always conscious of Hinkle Fieldhouse’s place as a state and national landmark,” Butler University President James M. Danko said. “With these renovations, we ensure that Hinkle will serve student-athletes and all Hoosiers for generations to come.”

Opened in 1928 as the Butler Fieldhouse, the 15,000-seat arena reigned as the nation’s largest basketball arena for the next 20 years. Community leaders contributed $750,000 for the fieldhouse’s construction, under the agreement that the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) basketball championships would be staged there. That tradition continued from 1928 to 1971.

Renamed for veteran Butler coach and athletic director Paul “Tony” Hinkle in 1966, the fieldhouse has been the site of national indoor track meets, tennis matches, U.S. Olympic basketball trials, professional and college all-star basketball games, the 1987 Pan American Games volleyball competition, Roller Derby, and a six-day bike race. The finale of the movie “Hoosiers” was filmed in Hinkle, re-creating the “Milan Miracle” from the IHSAA 1954 championship game.

During World War II, the fieldhouse served as temporary barracks for military trainees. It has hosted Butler and local high school commencements, concerts, addresses by six U.S. Presidents, the Billy Graham Crusade, and the Sonja Henie ice show.

Hinkle Fieldhouse was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

 

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Now You Can Have a Seat from Hinkle Fieldhouse

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PUBLISHED ON Apr 22 2014

 

 

Want a piece of Hinkle Fieldhouse history? On June 7, Butler University and People for Urban Progress (PUP) will be selling several hundred seats that were removed from the fieldhouse as part of the ongoing renovation. An exclusive pre-sale will be held the day before for Butler men’s basketball season-ticket holders.

Jonathan Allinson from People for Urban Progress and McKenzie Beverage, Butler's Sustainability Coordinator
Jonathan Allinson from People for Urban Progress and McKenzie Beverage, Butler's Sustainability Coordinator

The seats—$100 each—will be for sale from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the CUE Farm at Butler, located next to the intramural fields west of 52nd Street and Boulevard Place. Buyers should be prepared to carry away their seats after completing the purchase.

Proceeds will raise money for PUP to do public installations of seats around Indianapolis, and for Hinkle Fieldhouse renovations.

PUP, an Indianapolis non-profit that advances connectivity, environmental responsibility, and good design, repurposes discarded materials for public benefit. The organization turned seats from the old Bush Stadium into bus stop benches. The first of these "PUPstops" was installed in December 2011 near the Cultural Trail and Massachusetts Avenue.

The fieldhouse is currently undergoing a $34 million renovation, which is scheduled for completion in October. As with all major renovations, LEED Silver is the Butler standard for new construction and major renovations, but Gold or higher is strived for whenever possible. Even small renovation projects on campus incorporate the LEED sustainability concepts. A portion of this renovation is registered as a LEED project.

Media contact:
Marc Allan
mallan@butler.edu
317-940-9822

 

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