|Title:||Associate Head Track & Field Coach|
Jim Butler has been the head coach of the men’s cross country program at Connecticut College for the past 26 years. He has coached a number of NCAA qualifiers, including 2012 All-American Mike LeDuc, and his 2002 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 works with the men distance runners for the track program, and under his tutelage Adam Fitzgerald (10,000), Keith Drake (mile), Brian Murtagh (steeplechase and 3000), Shawn Mulcahy (10,000) and Mike LeDuc (5000 and 3000) have all won recent New England Division III titles. Drake, Murtagh and LeDuc all have gone on to add NCAA Division III Championship appearances to their resumes. LeDuc became the program’s first freshman to earn All-America honors in 2011, and his fourth-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase last spring garnered a second straight All-America selection in that event. Butler graduated from Rutgers University in 1975 where he ran cross country and track. In 2010, Butler was inducted into the New London Athletic Hall of Fame. He resides in New London with his wife Debra and they have two children, Brendan and Devon, a 2010 graduate of Connecticut College.