Butler Bulldogs women'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 Tari St. John
Rob Alman (7th
1st year)
Stadium Butler Bowl
(Capacity: 7,500)
Nickname Bulldogs
Colors Blue and White

             


Conference Tournament Champions
Horizon League
1996

Conference Regular Season Champions
Horizon League
1995, 1996, 1999, 2010


The Butler Bulldogs women'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] They currently play in the Big East Conference.

History[edit]

Butler University first fielded a varsity women's soccer team in 1991, when they earned a 10–7–1 record under head coach Bryan Blitz, including a 0–3–0 record in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now called the Horizon League).[2] Coach Blitz left the program following the 1995 season, the same season as the Bulldogs' first conference championship. The Bulldogs were next coached by George Van Linder, who led the team to its second conference championship and two conference runner-up finishes before departing after the 1998 season.[2] Woody Sherwood served as the Bulldogs' third women's soccer coach and led the team to its third conference championship in 1999; under his leadership the team only once finished lower than third in the Horizon League.[2]

The Bulldogs' current head coach, Tari St. John began serving as head coach in the 2006 season. Aside from the head coach, Butler employs one assistant coach on a part-time basis.[3] This position is currently held by Ric Huffman, who has held the position since 2009.[4] Huffman also serves as the head coach of the Dynamo Football Club, also located in Indianapolis, and is a former member of the Indiana University men's soccer team and the Indiana Twisters of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. He also played on the 1998 National Indoor Championship team.[5] The position was previously held by Greg Miller, who is the current head coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers. All other women's soccer coaches serve on a volunteer basis.

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 one conference tournament championship, in 1996, but the team did not qualify for the NCAA tournament because the conference did not have an automatic bid at that time. However, the team was the tournament runner-up six times, in 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2010. The team also won four conference season championships, in 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2010.[6]

Joining the Atlantic 10 Conference presented some challenges, including schedule adjustments, because the move came a year ahead of schedule.[7] For example, the Bulldogs were scheduled to play an exhibition game against the defending Atlantic 10 champions, the Dayton Flyers, but the game had to be rescheduled as a conference game later in the season.[8] Other teams had to redo their schedules in a matter of weeks after their previously finalized schedules were already released.[9]

Yearly records[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bryan Blitz (Horizon League) (1991–1995)
1991 Bryan Blitz 10-7-1 0-3-0 4th
1992 Bryan Blitz 8-9-2 2-3-0 4th
1993 Bryan Blitz 6-11-3 2-3-1 4th
1994 Bryan Blitz 11-10-0 4-2-0 3rd
1995 Bryan Blitz 10-7-2 6-0-0 1st
Bryan Blitz: 45-44-8 14-11-1
George Van Linder (Horizon League) (1996–1998)
1996 George Van Linder 12-7-1 5-1-0 T-1st
1997 George Van Linder 12-7-2 3-1-1 T-2nd
1998 George Van Linder 10-13-0 3-2-0 T-2nd
George Van Linder: 34-27-3 11-4-1
Woody Sherwood (Horizon League) (1999–2005)
1999 Woody Sherwood 5-11-2 4-1-0 T-1st
2000 Woody Sherwood 7-11-2 2-2-1 T-3rd
2001 Woody Sherwood 31-7-0 4-2-0 2nd
2002 Woody Sherwood 15-6-0 4-2-0 2nd
2003 Woody Sherwood 8-9-2 4-2-0 T-2nd
2004 Woody Sherwood 7-10-2 4-3-0 3rd
2005 Woody Sherwood 8-10-2 2-5-0 T-5th
Woody Sherwood: 63-64-10 25-16-1
Tari St. John (Horizon League) (2006–2011)
2006 Tari St. John 5-11-3 2-4-1 6th
2007 Tari St. John 10-9-1 5-3-0 4th
2008 Tari St. John 11-11-0 4-4-0 T-4th
2009 Tari St. John 7-11-2 3-4-1 5th
2010 Tari St. John 9-11-0 6-2-0 T-1st
2011 Tari St. John 8-10-2 3-5-0 6th
Horizon League: 73-53-5
Tari St. John (Atlantic 10) (2012)
2012 Tari St. John 0-0-0 0-0-0
Tari St. John: 50-63-8 23-22-2 (Horizon)
0-0-0 (Atlantic 10)
Atlantic 10: 0-0-0
Total: 192-198-29

      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 All-Americans
1994 Chris Johnson (2nd team)

NSCAA Regional (Mideast) All-Americans

1994 Chris Johnson (1st team)
Emily Winternheimer (2nd team)

NSCAA Regional (Great Lakes) All-Americans

1995 Joy Aschenbrener
Beth Crauder
1996 Beth Crauder
Alisa Pykett
2005 Meredith Buemi
2008 Molly Kruger

Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Team

1996 Joy Aschenbrener (3rd team)
Beth Crauder (3rd team)
Summer Lawler (3rd team)
1997 Joy Aschenbrener (3rd team)
2002 Amy Morrison (2nd team)
Kate Lord (Newcomer)

Soccer Buzz All-American Freshman Team

2002 Kate Lord (2nd team)

Horizon League Cecil M. Coleman Award

1996 Alisa Pykett

Outreach[edit]

In response to the growth of interested youths in the Indianapolis area, where the Butler Bulldogs are located, the soccer program offers several soccer camps for various age groups.[10] The camp is instructed by several members of the women's soccer program, including head coach Tari St. John.[11]

In addition to the camps, the Butler Bulldogs women's soccer program annually wears pink jerseys in support the "fight against breast cancer." The jerseys are sold to the public following the game to raise proceeds for the cause.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Butler to compete in Atlantic 10 a year ahead of schedule". Indianapolis Star. Gannett. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Butler Bulldogs Women's Soccer Records". Butlersports.com. Butler University. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Butler University Women's Soccer Scholarships". AthleticScholarship.com. National Collegiate Scouting Association. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Huffman Joins Women's Soccer Staff". Butlersports.com. Butler University. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dynamo FC Girls Coaching Staff 2012-2013". Dynamofc.org. Dynamo Football Club. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Horizon League Women's Soccer Records". Horizon League. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Parker, Reed (29 May 2012). "Butler University Making Move a Year Early". WIBC. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Butler/VCU Added to Dayton Women's Soccer Schedule". DaytonFlyers.com. University of Dayton. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Women's Soccer Announces Changes To 2012 A-10 Schedule". Owl Sports. Temple University. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp". ButlerBulldogSoccer.com. Butler Soccer Camps. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Staff". ButlerBulldogsSoccer.com. Butler Bulldogs Soccer. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Pink Soccer Jerseys For Sale". Butlersports.com. Butler University. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 

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