Prior to assuming the head coaching duties at McNeese State, Butler served as the hitting instructor and outfielders coach during his first stint with the Crimson Tide from 1995-2000. He helped guide Alabama to six NCAA Regional appearances as well as three trips to the College World Series in 1996, 1997 and 1999. The Tide advanced to the SEC Tournament in all six of those seasons, claiming the SEC Tournament title in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.
Butler also earned his reputation as one of the country’s top recruiters during those first six years at Alabama. He helped the Crimson Tide land some of the nation’s top talent as Alabama recorded three-consecutive top 10 recruiting classes. The Tide’s 1999 freshman class was ranked as the fourth-best in the country and still ranks as the highest ranked class in school history.
Under Butler’s leadership, the Crimson Tide became one of the most feared offensive clubs in America. Alabama’s 1997 team led the NCAA in four offensive categories, including runs scored (679), total hits (860) and total bases (1,571) while finishing second in home runs (160). In addition, the Crimson Tide won the NCAA statistical championship for highest slugging percentage (.621), eclipsing the previous school record (.521 in 1983) by 100 points. The 1997 team also set a NCAA record with 13 home runs in a single game.
Butler returned to Alabama as an assistant baseball coach on June 26, 2003. He spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons on the Tide staff as the recruiting coordinator, hitting instructor and infield coach, while also coaching first base.
He continued to showcase his ability to sign some of the top recruiting classes in the country upon his return to the Alabama bench. Alabama’s 2005 freshman class was rated 10th in the fall of 2004 in Baseball America’s Dandy Dozen College recruiting classes.
Before joining Alabama for the first time, Butler served as an assistant coach at McNeese State in 1993 and 1994. He was an assistant coach at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas, in 1992, where he helped the Buccaneers advance to the NJCAA World Series.
Butler’s coaching career began as a student-assistant coach at McNeese State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies in 1991.
Butler spent two summers coaching in the Alaska Baseball League. His first stint in Alaska was an assistant coaching job in 1991 with the Kenai Peninsula Oilers, helping them to the NBC World Series. He then coached for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in 1992.
Butler played his college ball at McNeese State and Oklahoma. A team captain for the Sooners in 1988, Butler still holds the OU single-season record for stolen bases with 46 steals in 1988, including 26 consecutive successful stolen base attempts. Butler was a third-team All-American and earned All-Big Eight Conference honors in 1988. Butler also played for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League.
Butler, 46, is married to the former Melissa Borrel. The couple has two daughters, Caitlyn and Kendyll.
What they say about Todd Butler:
“Wichita State has recognized a proven winner. I've known Todd Butler for more than 20 years, and everywhere he has been over his career he has won at a top-tier level. Todd is a tireless worker as a recruiter and knows what it takes to get his players and teams to Omaha. The future of Shockers’ baseball is in great hands.”- Dave Serrano, Head Coach
“Todd Butler understands baseball and how to motivate and mold young players to be excellent on the field and off the field. He pours his heart and soul into his team and does everything in his power to put them in a position for success. He helped me in my career and I am a better player and person for having the privilege to play under Todd Butler.”
Zack Cox, First Round Draft Pick, 2010
“Coach Butler is as good a college coach as there is. This is from a guy that signed with him at two different schools! He knows the game of college baseball as well as anyone, and is also an exceptional motivator. As a family man, he knows how to mold and transform 17-18 yr olds into young men fully equipped for the world outside of the field, which is easily lost in the need and desire to perform on it. He is definitely the type of guy any college should want at the helm of their baseball program. And if I could return to college as an 18 year old again, I would not hesitate to commit to him for a third time. Thanks and God Bless.”
"Todd is one of the best coaches and recruiters in the entire country, not just the SEC. He has laid the groundwork for teams that have competed for national championships and will be a great head coach. Without question, Todd is ready to run his own program and I would endorse him 100%."-Kevin O'Sullivan, Head Coach
University of Florida