Jim Butler has been the head coach of the men’s cross country team at Connecticut College for the past 30 years. He has coached numerous national qualifiers including 2013 NCAA individual champion Mike LeDuc, and his 2002 cross country team advanced to the national championship meet. He earned New England Coach of the Year honors that year and NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in 2004.
Butler serves as the associate head coach and works with the men’s middle and long distance runners for the track & field program. Under his tutelage Keith Drake (mile), Brian Murtagh (steeplechase and 3k), Shawn Mulcahy (10k) and LeDuc (3k and 5k) have all won recent New England Division III titles. Drake, Murtagh and LeDuc went on to add NCAA Division III Championship appearances to their resumes. LeDuc graduated in 2014 as the most decorated athlete in Connecticut College history, with nine All-America awards and three national titles to his credit. After winning the steeplechase at the prestigious Penn Relays, LeDuc capped off his stellar career by capturing his second straight national title in that event and turning in the third-fastest time in Division III history in the process. Niall Williams (1200m), Connor Trapp (800m) and Ben Bosworth (1600m) were all part of the distance medley relay team that broke the school record and finished in 9th place at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship last winter while running for Butler.
Butler graduated from Rutgers University in 1975 after a four-year career with the cross country and track & field teams, and he lives in New London with his wife Debra. His daughter Devon, a 2010 graduate of Connecticut College, was a track & field team captain for the Camels.