Butler Bulldogs men's soccer

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Butler Bulldogs
Current season
Butler Bulldogs athletic logo

University Butler University
Conference Big East
Location Indianapolis, IN
Head Coach Paul Snape (3rd year)
Stadium Butler Bowl
(Capacity: 7,500)
Nickname Bulldogs
Colors Blue and White


NCAA Round of 16 Appearances
1995, 1998
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2009, 2010
Conference Tournament Champions
Horizon League
1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2010

Conference Regular Season Champions
Horizon League
1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010

The Butler Bulldogs men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of Butler University, an NCAA Division I member school located in Indianapolis, IN. The team played its final season in the Horizon League in 2011; on July 1, 2012, the Bulldogs joined the Atlantic 10 Conference for one season.[1] The team currently plays in the Big East Conference.


Butler University first fielded a varsity men's soccer team in 1989, when they earned a 12–7 record under head coach Langdon Kumler, including a 7–0 record against teams from the state of Indiana.[2] The Bulldogs began conference play the following season when their record improved to 14–6 with a 5–3 mark in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now called the Horizon League).[2] Coach Kumler left the program following the 1992 season and the Bulldogs were next coached by Ian Martin, who led the team to its first NCAA tournament in 1995, when the Bulldogs made it to the round of 16 after beating in-state rival and perennial national finalist, the Indiana Hoosiers.[2] Martin also coached the team to its second appearance in the round of 16 in 1998 before leaving the program following the 1999 season.[2] Todd Bramble served as the head coach for one season and is now the head coach for the women's soccer team at the University of Alabama.[3] The Bulldogs next appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2001 under head coach Joe Sochacki, who left after the 2005 season. Kelly Findley served as the Bulldogs' head coach from 2006 until 2010 and was arguably the team's best coach, leading them to consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2009 and 2010, including an unbeaten regular season record. Findley left following the 2010 season to take the helm at North Carolina State.[4]

Butler left the Horizon League following the 2011 season when the athletic department moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference. During their time in the Horizon, the Bulldogs earned five conference tournament championships, in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2010; and five conference season championships, in 1996, 1998, 2004, 2009, and 2010.[5]

Yearly records[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Langdon Kumler (Independent) (1989–1989)
1989 Langdon Kumler 12-7-0
Langdon Kumler (Horizon League) (1990–1992)
1990 Langdon Kumler 14-6-0 5-3-0 4th
1991 Langdon Kumler 8-9-1 2-4-0 T-4th
1992 Langdon Kumler 10-6-3 2-4-1 T-5th
Langdon Kumler: 44-28-4 9-11-1
Ian Martin (Horizon League) (1993–1999)
1993 Ian Martin 9-9-2 3-3-0 4th
1994 Ian Martin 8-12-1 5-3-0 T-1st
1995 Ian Martin 18-5-1 6-1-1 2nd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1996 Ian Martin 11-7-2 7-1-0 1st
1997 Ian Martin 12-10-1 4-2-1 3rd NCAA 1st Round
1998 Ian Martin 10-5-1 7-0-0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
1999 Ian Martin 7-12-0 5-2-0 3rd
Ian Martin: 84-60-8 37-12-2
Todd Bramble (Horizon League) (2000–2000)
2000 Todd Bramble 6-13-0 3-4-0 5th
Todd Bramble: 6-13-0 3-4-0
Joe Sochacki (Horizon League) (2001–2005)
2001 Joe Sochacki 11-9-0 5-2-0 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2002 Joe Sochacki 9-10-3 4-3-0 T-4th
2003 Joe Sochacki 12-7-3 5-1-1 2nd
2004 Joe Sochacki 13-6-1 5-1-1 T-1st
2005 Joe Sochacki 9-10-0 2-5-0 7th
Joe Sochacki: 54-42-7 21-12-2
Kelly Findley (Horizon League) (2006–2010)
2006 Kelly Findley 7-11-2 2-4-1 6th
2007 Kelly Findley 9-7-4 4-2-2 T-4th
2008 Kelly Findley 13-3-4 5-0-3 T-1st
2009 Kelly Findley 14-3-2 6-1-1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2010 Kelly Findley 16-1-3 7-0-1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
Kelly Findley: 59-25-15 24-7-8
Paul Snape (Horizon League) (2011)
2011 Paul Snape 7-8-3 2-4-2 T-7th
Horizon League: 97-50-14
Paul Snape (Atlantic 10) (2012)
2012 Paul Snape 5-8-5 3-5-1 T-9th
Atlantic 10: 3-5-1
Paul Snape (Big East) (2013–present)
2013 Paul Snape 0-0-0 0-0-0
Big East: 0-0-0
Paul Snape: 12-16-8 2-4-2 (Horizon)
3-5-1 (Atlantic 10)
0–0–0 (Big East)
Total: 252-176-39

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Players, awards, and recognition[edit]

NSCAA Regional (Great Lakes) All-Americans
1990 Scott Lawler (1st team)
1992 Scott Lawler (1st team)
1993 Steve Weigner (3rd team)
1994 Steve Weigner (2nd team)
Casey Sweeney (3rd team)
1995 Steve Weigner (1st team)
1996 Stephen Armstrong (1st team)
Craig Donaldson (3rd team)
1997 Jeremy Aldrich (1st team)
Stephen Armstrong (1st team)
1998 Jeremy Aldrich (1st team)
Stephen Armstrong (1st team)
Giancarlo Barraza (3rd team)
Craig Donaldson (2nd team)
2001 Nick Pantazi (2nd team)
2002 Nick Pantazi (2nd team)
Michael Mariscalco (2nd team)
Grant Barrie (3rd team)
2004 John Mariscalco (2nd team)
Scott Olsen (2nd team)
2006 John DeVae (3rd team)
2007 Frank Patano (3rd team)
2008 Eduardo Garcia (2nd team)
Frank Patano (3rd team)
2009 Matt Hedges (2nd team)
Kyle VondenBenken (2nd team)
Boris Gatzkey (3rd team)
2010 Ben Sippola (1st team)
Matt Hedges (1st team)
Conner Burt (2nd team)

NSCAA/CoSIDA National All-Americans

1995 Steve Weiger (2nd team)
1998 Jeremy Aldrich (2nd team)
2002 Michael Mariscalco (Academic 1st team)
2005 Patrick Reilly (Academic 2nd team)
2006 Paul Mongillo (Academic 2nd team)
2009 Conner Burt (Academic 1st team)
2010 Ben Sippola (1st team)
(Academic 1st team)
Conner Burt (Academic 1st team)

Conference Coach of the Year

1998 Ian Martin MCC
2009 Kelly Findley Horizon
2010 Kelly Findley Horizon
Notable Conference Awards
Steve Weiger Horizon League Player of the Year: 1995
Jeremy Aldrich Horizon League Player of the Year: 1998
Julian Cardona Horizon League Newcomer of the Year: 2009
Ben Sippola Horizon League Player of the Year: 2010
Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year: 2010
Matt Hedges Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year: 2009, 2010

First Team All-Conference

1990 Scott Lawler
1991 Scott Lawler
Jeff Moehlenkamp
1992 Scott Lawler
1993 Scott Weiger
1994 Steve Weiger
1995 Casey Sweeney
Steve Weiger
1996 Jeremy Aldrich
1997 Jeremy Aldrich
Stephen Armstrong
Craig Donaldson
Alan Placek
1998 Jeremy Aldrich
Stephen Armstrong
Giancarlo Barraza
Craig Donaldson
1999 Stephen Armstrong
David Beck
Bryan Foxworthy
2001 Michael Mariscalco
Nick Pantazi
2002 Michael Mariscalco
Nick Pantazi
2003 Scott Olsen
2004 Scott Olsen
Cory Edginton
John Mariscalco
2006 John DeVae
2008 Eduardo Garcia
Frank Patano
2009 Boris Gatzky
Matt Hedges
Kyle VondenBenken
2010 Ben Sippola
Matt Hedges
2011 Austin Oldham


  1. ^ "Butler to compete in Atlantic 10 a year ahead of schedule". Indianapolis Star. Gannett. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Butler Men's Soccer Records". Butlersports.com. Butler University. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "ASA Coaching Staff". Alabama Soccer Academy. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "State hires new Men’s Soccer Coach!". State Fans Nation. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Horizon League Men's Soccer Records". Horizon League. Retrieved 26 August 2012.