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WICHITA, Kan. (KTHV) -- Todd Butler has been named the head baseball coach at Wichita State University, Director of Athletics Eric Sexton announced today.
"Todd is highly regarded as a baseball coach, brings a passion for baseball and success, and has a wonderful family," Sexton said. "He brings a resume worthy of the success Wichita State is accustomed.
"I look forward to watching his teams compete on the field and his student-athletes excel in the classroom."
Wichita State will hold a press conference at 2 p.m., Monday, in the All-American Club at Eck Stadium to introduce Butler. The WSU Athletic Department will also host a public meet and greet Monday night from 5-7 p.m., which will also be held in the All-American Club at Eck Stadium.
Butler comes to Wichita State from Arkansas where he was the Associate Head Coach since 2005, his 16th as an assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference.
On the Razorback staff he served as the hitting instructor, outfield coach and recruiting coordinator, and was promoted to Arkansas' associate head coach following the Razorback's 2012 College World Series berth.
In his eight seasons at Arkansas, Butler helped the Razorbacks to eight NCAA Tournaments, which included two College World Series appearances and three NCAA super regional appearances. The Razorbacks have also claimed two SEC Western Division titles in his tenure.
Most recently, Arkansas went 39-22, which included a berth in the Manhattan, Kan., Regional where the Razorbacks came one win from its second-straight Super Regional.
For the second time in his tenure at Arkansas, Butler helped the Razorbacks to the College World Series in 2012. Arkansas finished the 2012 season with 46 victories, the most wins in a season since 1990 and the sixth-highest single-season total in school history. The Razorbacks finished the season ranked in the top six in all four of the major college baseball polls, including a final No. 3 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, the NCBWA poll and the Collegiate Baseball poll.
Butler also constructed 10 recruiting classes that ranked among the nation's top 10 including five in his eight years with the Razorbacks.
On the field, Butler also made an impact with the Razorbacks as his teams have produced five of the top 10 home run hitting clubs in Arkansas history.
Butler came to Fayetteville after two assistant coaching stints (eight total years) at the University of Alabama and three years as the head coach at his alma mater, McNeese State.
The following statement is from University of Arkansas baseball head coach Dave Van Horn.
"I want to congratulate Todd Butler on becoming the head baseball coach at Wichita State. Todd was a valuable member of our coaching staff over the last eight years, helping to keep our program among the nation's elite, and is deserving of this opportunity to advance his coaching career. There's no doubt in my mind that Todd will be extremely successful as the head coach at Wichita State. I wish nothing but the best for Todd, Melissa and the entire Butler family."