Altimont Butler

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Freddie Butler
Personal information
Full name Altimont Butler
Date of birth (1968-07-21) 21 July 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Harbour View
1988–1990 L'Etoile
1990–1993 University of Southern New Hampshire
1994–1995 Torreense
1995–1996 Stade Brest
1996 North Jersey Imperials
1996 San Jose Clash 14 (2)
1997 Columbus Crew 1 (0)
1998 Cleveland Crunch (indoor) 4 (0)
1998 New Hampshire Phantoms (3)
National team
1985–1998 Jamaica 69 (12)
Teams managed
2000–2005 New Jersey Dynamos
2005–2006 Jersey Crew Reggae Boyz
2007–2010 Oratory Preparatory School
2007–2012 Sogndal FC (U19 / Reserve Team Head Coach)
2012–Present Cedar Stars Academy
2015–Present Jamaica U20 (Assistant Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Altimont “Freddie” Butler (born 21 July 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a former Jamaica football (soccer) striker.

Youth career[edit]

Butler's youth career began at age 12 with the Golden Star in Port Royal. During the next three years, he had played in the President’s Cup, Minor League and Sid Bartlett League. When he was fourteen, Butler left Port Royal All Age School for Dunoon Technical High School, where he played for the school's football team for three years.

When he was seventeen, Butler began his career with Harbour View. During a tournament in Guadeloupe, L'Etoile spotted Butler and signed him to a contract when he was nineteen. In 1990, Butler entered the University of Southern New Hampshire where he played with the men’s soccer team from 1990 to 1993. He received All-Americana recognition three times, twice as a first team (1992 and 1993).[1] Butler graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in computer information. In 2001, he was inducted in the University of New Hampshire Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Following graduation, he moved to Portugal where he spent a single season with Torreense. In 1995, he moved to French club Stade Brest. He also spent time with the North Jersey Imperials of the USISL.

In February 1996, the San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer (MLS) drafted Butler in the second round (eighteenth overall) of the league’s Inaugural Player Draft. He spent the 1996 season in San Jose before being traded to the Columbus Crew for Mac Cozier on November 6, 1996. After appearing in only one game, scoring one goal, for the Crew, Butler left the team to concentrate on his national team commitments in the lead up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

On 11 March 1998, Butler signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Crunch of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). He played four games at the end of the 1997-1998 season, then retired.[2]

Since then, Butler has worked as a coach and scout while playing amateur and semi-professionally.


In 1985, Butler started his career with the Jamaica national football team. He went on to earn 69 caps, scoring twelve goals. He also played for the Jamaican youth football team. When the national team qualified for the 1998 World Cup, manager Renê Simões dropped Butler from the team before the tournament for two reasons. First, he was injured several months before the game and second, Butler publicly complained when Simões said he intended to replace several players who had played during the qualification process with better players.

Coaching career[edit]

He coached with the New Jersey Dynamos Soccer Club from 2000-2005. Butler currently coaches a MAPS Boys team for the New Jersey Crew Soccer Club aptly named the Jersey Crew Reggae Boyz. His boys team won the US Club State Cup in 2006.

In 2007, Butler was named the head soccer coach at Oratory Preparatory School in Summit, New Jersey. Butler coached the team to an 11-6 season and their first appearance in the NJSIAA State Championships since the 1990s.

In 2010, He accepted the head coaching position of the U19 team and Sogndal FC in Norway. Today[when?] Butler is the head of player development and the head coach of the reserve team at sogndal football club in Norway.[citation needed]

Currently in 2012-2013 season, Butler is the youth director of boys soccer club Cedar Stars Academy in New Jersey. He leads their U13 boys team to become 1st in the state and 1st in the nation only to become higher. Winning the Manhattan Kickoff Classic, Jefferson Cup, and DTS Winter Invitational. As well as the EDP Cup in the fall of 2013. In December 2015, Butler was named as an assistant coach for the Jamaica u20 national team.[3]


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