|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 27 years. He has coached several national qualifiers including 2013 NCAA individual champion 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 middle and long distance runners for the track program, and under his tutelage Keith Drake (mile), Brian Murtagh (steeplechase and 3k), Shawn Mulcahy (10k) and Mike LeDuc (3k and 5k) 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 in 2012 garnered a second straight All-America selection in that event. LeDuc added another All-America performance in the 5k during the indoor season last year, and he then capped off his stellar year by capturing the national title in the steeplechase. 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.