Michael Butler Named GCAA Southeast Region Men's Golf Coach of the Year

Michael Butler Named GCAA Southeast Region Men's Golf Coach of the Year

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic State University head coach Michael Butler has been named the Golf Pride Grips Southeast Region DII Men's Golf Coach of the Year, announced by the Golf Coaches' Association of America (GCAA) today.

Butler earns the region coaching honor for the second time in his career after leading the Armstrong men's golf team to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships in Allendale, Mich. The Pirates cracked the Top 10 national rankings in February after beginning the season ranked No. 20 featured a pair of GCAA All-Americans in first-team senior Shad Tuten and third-team junior Travis Williamson.

Armstrong had six Top 5 finishes in tournaments this season and captured the Rollins McDonough Cup in October. The team's 293.19 stroke average is also the lowest in the program's history since the reinstatement of the men's golf team in 2000-01.

The Pirates finished third at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional, hosted by Armstrong at Savannah Quarters in May. It was Armstrong's third time qualifying for the National Championships and the first time since the Pirates hosted the DII National Championships at the Westin Savannah Harbor in 2005. 

The Savannah native won his first region coaching honor that year, in 2005, and Butler has produced nine GCAA All-Americans and nine GCAA Scholar All-Americans in his 14 seasons at the helm of Armstrong men's golf.

Click here to view the complete list of GCAA Coaching honors for 2013-14.