|Senior Associate Athletics Director
|July 23, 1966
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)
|McNeese State (asst.)
|McNeese State (Asst.)
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)
|McNeese State (SAAD)
|Head coaching record
Todd Butler is an American college baseball coach and former player. He played college baseball at McNeese State University from 1985 to 1986 before transferring to the University of Oklahoma in 1987 and 1988. He spent three years as the head coach at McNeese State from 2001 to 2003 and was the head coach of the Wichita State University from 2014 to 2019.Butler spent 16 seasons as an assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference under legendary Alabama coach Jim Wells and Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn.
He is known around the country for his ability to attract the best talent and develop strong hitters. During Butler's 23-year career as an NCAA Division I assistant or head coach, he has helped his teams to five College World Series appearances, 17 NCAA regionals, four NCAA super regionals, six conference tournament championships and his teams have been ranked No. 1 five times in his career. In addition, Butler has coached 32 All-Americans and Freshman All-Americans, 150 players drafted in the MLB Draft and 27 Major League players.
Butler played for McNeese State and Oklahoma. In 1986, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.He was a captain with the Sooners in his senior year of 1988, and was named a third-team All-American and earned All-Big 8 honors. He signed with the Cleveland Indians as an undrafted free agent, and played the remainder of the 1988 season with Indians affiliates in Burlington, N.C. and Waterloo, Iowa.
Butler returned to McNeese State to complete his degree, and served as a student assistant in 1991. He then worked one season at Blinn before returning as a full-time assistant at McNeese State for two years. Butler then served six seasons at Alabama. Butler served as the hitting instructor and outfielders coach during his first stint with the Crimson Tide from 1995 to 2000. He helped guide Alabama to six NCAA Regional appearances as well as three trips to the College World Series in 1996, 1997 (national runner-up) and 1999 (Final Four). The 1997 team was the national runner-up. The Tide advanced to the SEC Tournament in all six of those seasons, claiming the SEC Tournament title in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.
Butler served as the hitting instructor and outfielders coach during those first six years, as well as being one of the chief recruiters. Butler earned his reputation as one of the country's top recruiters during those first six years at Alabama. He helped the Crimson Tide land some of the nation's top talent as Alabama recorded three-consecutive top-10 recruiting classes. The Tide's 1999 freshman class was ranked as the fourth-best in the country and still ranks as the highest ranked class in school history.
In 2001, Butler took over as head coach at McNeese State in his hometown of Lake Charles, La., where he compiled a 90–83 (.520) overall record in three seasons. In his last season at McNeese, he guided the Cowboys to the 2003 Southland Conference Tournament championship, their first in 10 years.
The win at the conference tournament secured just the fourth NCAA Regional bid in McNeese State's history and the Cowboys were sent to the Houston Regional at Rice's Reckling Park. Butler's team gave eventual national champion Rice all they could handle before falling to the Owls, 3–2, in 10 innings. Ole Miss eliminated the Cowboys from the 64-team field the following day.
While at McNeese State, Butler signed Clay Buccholz (Boston Red Sox) and coached Wade LeBlanc (Miami Marlins) and Jacob Marceaux (first rounder for the Miami Marlins). After three seasons, he returned to Alabama as recruiting coordinator, where he remained for two seasons before accepting the same position at Arkansas.
In his eight seasons at Arkansas, Butler helped the Razorbacks to two College World Series appearances (2009 Final Four, 2012 Final Four), eight NCAA regional berths, three NCAA super regional appearances and two SEC Western Division titles. In addition, Butler constructed five top-10 recruiting classes and had 51 players taken in the MLB Draft including 12 players taken in the first two rounds. In Butler's eight years at Arkansas, he coached six All-Americans including Nick Schmidt, Jess Todd, Zack Cox, Brett Eibner, Matt Reynolds and Ryne Stanek. He also had 51 players drafted and nine have made it to the Major Leagues including Craig Gentry, Blake Parker, Duke Welker, Jess Todd, Logan Forsythe, Dallas Keuchel, Drew Smyly, James McCann and Andy Wilkins.
On June 16, 2013, Butler was introduced as head coach at Wichita State, succeeding the legendary Gene Stephenson.
On May 26, 2019, Butler was fired from Wichita State.
After a single season as the recruiting coordinator at Missouri, Butler was relieved of his duties.
The following table depicts Butler's record as a head coach at the Division I level.
|McNeese State Cowboys (Southland Conference)(2001–2003)
|Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference)(2014–2017)
|Wichita State Shockers (American Athletic Conference)(2018–2019)
|The American tournament
|The American tournament
National champion Postseason invitational champion
In June, 2020, Butler returned to McNeese State as the Senior Associate Athletic Director.
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