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Andre Butler enters his second season with the Penn State baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Butler helps with the team’s hitters and works with the outfielders.
The Philadelphia-area native’s first season at Penn State was one of the program’s best in recent history, as the Nittany Lions earned their first winning record since 2012 and doubled their Big Ten win total from the previous season. They were led in part by an outfielder under Butler’s tutelage, senior Greg Guers, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team. Guers became the first Nittany Lion hitter since 2012 to earn the honor. In addition to setting career highs in multiple statistical categories, he was particularly strong in Big Ten play, ranking sixth overall and second amongst outfielders with a .354 batting average. He earned All-Big Ten Player of the Week and NCBWA National Hitter of the Week honors in mid-April after going 13-for-17 (.765) with eight RBIs, a home run, two doubles and five stolen bases during a four-game stretch.
Butler spent the 2015 season as an assistant coach at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, where he worked with the hitters, outfielders, and base runners. DeSales baserunners stole 115 bases in 2015 en route to a 19-2 conference record.
For the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Butler served as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked primarily with the outfielders. Butler helped the Quakers to a 15-5 Ivy League record in 2014, which was their best Ivy League record since 2003.
Prior to his stint at Penn, Butler spent one season as an assistant coach at Swarthmore College.
Butler graduated from Eastern University (St. Davids, Pa.) in 2012 with a degree in secondary education, where he was also a four-year starter on the baseball team. He finished his career with a .310 batting average is ranked second all-time in school history with 109 runs scored and fourth all-time with 143 hits. He also finished with a career on base percentage of .416. Butler finished his senior season with 51 hits in 40 games.
Butler has been active in the Philadelphia-area community. He started his own tee ball league in West Philadelphia called the "Jackie Robinson West Philly League" for boys and girls ages eight and under. The league is affiliated with the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy and its purpose is to promote baseball in the inner city.