MIAMI — Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Butcher will be among the latest nine inductees into the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame.
A ceremony to honor the group will be at a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Calcagno Family Ballroom of the Carter Student Union.
They also will be recognized during the NEO-Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College football game.
Butcher came to NEO from East Moline, Illinois, to pitch for coach Mike Clark’s Golden Norsemen baseball team in 1983.
He compiled an overall record of 17-11 and posted a 3.24 earned run average with 56 strikeouts from 1983-85.
Butcher was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 1986 MLB draft and spent four major league seasons with the California Angels from 1992-96. He had a career record of 11-4, with nine saves.
He began his coaching career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006 and later became pitching coach with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2007. His pitchers led the American League with 509 wins.
Butcher is currently in his fourth season as pitching coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Under Butcher, Diamondback pitchers set a club record with 1,482 strikeouts in 2017.
Butcher and his wife Tami have three children and have been married 22 years.
The other inductees include Ronnie Lowe, football; Dallas Kirk Lewis, women’ basketball; “Downtown” Terry Brown, men’s basketball; Kaycee Odle Grigg, softball; Bill Yocum, football and wrestling coach; Bennie Crossland and Jim Ellis, contributors, and the 1986 NJCAA national champion football team coached by the late Glenn Wolfe.
“The Hall of Fame is a legacy that we are very proud of at NEO and to have it in conjunction with the NEO vs. Trinity Valley game will make for a great day of NEO athletics,” said Joe Renfro, interim athletic director. “We hope everyone will come out and support the event and the Norsemen.”
The football game kicks off at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the banquet and game are on sale now.
For more information about the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame, contact Nancy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 918-540-6327.