Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 25, 2013

Bluefield College names Butski new volleyball coach

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Jim Butski, a veteran of club, high school and collegiate volleyball, has been hired as the new head volleyball coach at Bluefield College, athletics director Peter Dryer announced.

Butski, a Michigan native, has more than 10 years of experience directing camps and developing training programs.

“In Janu-ary I communicated with the volleyball team that we would be looking for an individual that fully supports and lives out the Christian mission of the college, has strong experience in coaching at a high level, and will put forth the effort to lead the team to do great things,” said Dryer. “I am happy to say we found the right coach in Jim Butski.”  

“I’m really looking forward to coaching at Bluefield,” Butski said. “The program has a strong core of talented, young players and has been headed in the right direction.”

Dryer said, “The volleyball program has come a long way over the last couple years and we are confident that Coach Butski will continue leading it in a positive direction.”

Butski aims to continue the Lady Rams’ upward trend, especially within the competitive Mid-South Conference.

The new coach said, “I hope to continue where the previous coach left off and I hope to compete for a Mid-South Conference Championship very soon. The Mid-South has some great coaches and programs and we’re looking forward to continuing to compete with them.”

Butski led Florida Christian College in Kissimmee, Fla., for the past three seasons. The Lady Suns, a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), set a program wins record with 13 in 2001 and Butski was named the NCCAA DII South Region Coach of the Year.

Butski coached five student-athletes to NCCAA All South Region honors, one NCCAA DII Scholar Athlete and one NCCAA DII and AVCA first team All-American during his time with Florida Christian.

In two seasons as head coach at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo, Fla., he led the team to 24 victories, including its first ever winning season in 2001.

As an assistant coach at Martin County High School (2003-09) in Stuart, Fla., Butski helped the program qualify for state regionals and earn a FSWA/MaxPreps top ten ranking each season.

Martin County claimed Florida 5A State Championships in 2009 and finished the season with a No. 9 national ranking.

Players under Butski at MCHS earned honors and awards such as Florida Player of the Year, Under Armour/MaxPreps All American, FSWA All-State, Treasure Lake All-Conference and numerous all-area accolades.

At the club level, Butski has coached multiple teams from 2003-2011, four of which earned top ten finishes at AAU Nationals. His 2010 squad featured an entire team which signed to play collegiately.

Butski has also been heavily involved with volleyball camps and clinics for all ages since 2001. He has instructed both individual and team camps and also served as camp director on many occasions.

Off the volleyball court, Butski served as a high school science teacher at both Martin County and Indian Rocks. From 2002-08, Butski worked with Going the Distance Adventure Ministry, serving as the Missions Director in Costa Rica from 2006-08.