Head Coach Men's Baseball
Athletics and Recreational Sports
111 Sport and Fitness Center
Degrees and Credentials:
Physical Education/Sports Administration,
Kent State University
Bret Butler in his 15th season as the head baseball coach at Pitt-Bradford.
Butler started the baseball program at Pitt-Bradford in 1998. During that span, he has compiled an overall record of 311-252-1, and led the Panthers to three Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships, and two NCAA Division III tournament appearances.
On March 5, 2013, Pitt-Bradford defeated Medaille 1-0 in its AMCC opener for Butler's 300th career win. He is just one of three active AMCC coaches with 300 or more victories.
Pitt-Bradford went 16-19 in 2013 and finished fourth in the AMCC in with a mark of 9-7. The Panthers hosted Pitt-Greensburg in the first round of the conference tourney, and defeated at-the-time No. 24 Johns Hopkins 4-2 on the team's Spring Break trip. It was the first win over a ranked opponent in recent memory.
The Panthers went 21-20 under Butler in 2012, marking the ninth time in program history Pitt-Bradford won 20 or more games and the first since 2008. After falling to 7-15 midway through the season, the Blue and Gold went 14-6 over its final 20 games, finishing fifth in the AMCC with a record of 9-7. Pitt-Bradford swept Penn State Altoona in the opening round of the conference tournament and advanced to the AMCC championship round.
Junior Derek Smith was named the AMCC Player of the Year, the second straight Panther and third overall in program history to receive the award. Two other players were represented on the all-conference team, and Smith was eventually named a D3Baseball.com honorable mention All-American, the first in school history.
In 2011, Butler guided the Panthers to a 19-14 record and a seventh-place finish in the AMCC with a mark of 9-9. Two players were named to the all-conference team, and freshman Michael Pascarella was named both the AMCC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.
In just the program’s third year of existence, Butler directed Pitt-Bradford to the 2001 AMCC Championship. The Panthers repeated as conference champions the following season and set a school-record with 32 wins. In 2005, the Panthers entered the conference tournament as the fourth seed and upset the top two teams en route to winning the program’s third conference title. Both the 2002 and 2005 squads advanced to the national tournament.
Pitt-Bradford has won the conference regular season crown four times under Butler. He has been named the AMCC Coach of the Year twice, in 2001 and 2006, and has coached 56 all-conference players including the 2001 (Eric Haynoski), 2011 (Michael Pascarella), and 2012 Player of the Year recipients, four Newcomers of the Year, and three all-region players.
Butler has coached the only player in AMCC history to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Zach Foster was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 49th round of the 2008 draft.
In the summer of 2011, Butler coached the Athletes in Action Fire in the prestigious Alaska Baseball League. The wood bat league features many of the top collegiate players from around the country and is regarded as one of the top summer leagues for underclassmen.
Previously, Butler served as an assistant at Baldwin Wallace College for four years, and prior to that, he was an assistant at Hiram College for two seasons.
He graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in pre-law, and earned a master’s degree in physical education and sport administration from Kent State University in 1997.
Butler, who also works in the admissions department in the fall, currently resides in Bradford, Pa.