Jim Butterfield (American football)

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Jim Butterfield
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1927-11-30)November 30, 1927
Tampa, Florida
Died November 26, 2002(2002-11-26) (aged 74)
Ithaca, New York
Playing career
1950–1952 Maine
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1954–1955 Arms Academy (MA)
1956–1959 Maine (assistant)
1960–1966 Colgate (assistant)
1967–1993 Ithaca
Head coaching record
Overall 206–71–1 (college)
11–4 (high school)
Tournaments 21–8 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
3 NCAA Division III (1979, 1988, 1991)
11 Independent College Athletic Conference (1974–1975, 1977–1980, 1984–1988)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1997 (profile)

Phillip James "Jim" Butterfield, Jr. (November 30, 1927 – November 26, 2002) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Ithaca College from 1967 to 1994. During his 28 seasons at Ithaca, Butterfield was one of the most successful coaches in the country winning 206 games and three NCAA Division III National Football Championships (known as the Stagg Bowl). His teams finished as the runner-up in the Stagg Bowl four times. His total playoff record was 21–8.

After his retirement, Ithaca renamed their football stadium in his honor. Butterfield was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1997. He died of complications from Alzheimer's disease in 2002 in Ithaca, New York.[1]


Butterfield grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts.[2] He graduated from Westborough High School in 1945 and in 1995 was inducted into the school's hall of fame.[3]

Butterfield's brother, Jack, was a college baseball coach and executive in the New York Yankees organization. His nephew, Brian, is a Major League Baseball coach, currently with the Boston Red Sox.

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