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USF names alum Butcher as baseball coach

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - University of Saint Francis graduate and long-time assistant coach Dustin Butcher has been selected to lead USF baseball after the retirement of Greg Roberts after 13 seasons.

Butcher, a 2001 USF graduate who played baseball and soccer while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, has served as an assistant to Roberts the last 10 years.

“I’ve learned so many things about the game from Coach Roberts and am thankful for all he has done for me as an assistant,” Butcher emphasized. “He allowed us to coach and I learned so many in-game things from him. I also appreciate everything Heritage High School Coach Dean Lehrman taught me when I played there.”

“I’d like to thank our athletic director, Mike McCaffrey, for this opportunity and I am excited to lead my alma mater,” Butcher added. “The Fort Wayne and surrounding area has a lot of outstanding talent to draw from and we only lost two players from a talented group last year, so we could do some special things heading into the future.”

Butcher also served as an assistant coach at Indiana Tech and later at Marian University while completing his master’s in sports psychology at Ball State University. Tech and MU won conference titles while Dustin served as an assistant.

He resides in Leo, Ind., along with his wife Jessica, son Nolan and daughter Ella.

Roberts leaves USF with 270 wins, the most wins of anybody who has coached the program in 55 seasons. The 1980 Ohio Northern University graduate took over in 2006 and led the Cougars to two 30-plus win seasons – 32-21 in 2009 and 33-24 in 20012 – the only two .500-plus seasons in USF history. He finished with a 270-393-4 record in 13 seasons with USF, 284-431-4 in 14 seasons, one as head coach at ONU. His Cougars set a USF record for conference wins with a 27-9 record to finish second in 2012. The Cougars finished 14-38 overall in 2018, 9-18 in Crossroads League play and did upset top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan University 2-1 in the CL Tournament.


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