|Title:||Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach|
Michael Butler begins fourteenth season as the head men's golf
coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University and enters his ninth
season as the head coach of the women's golf team for the
Butler has led the Armstrong men to twelve straight NCAA Regionals appearances, including hosting the NCAA Atlantic/Southeast Regional at Savannah Quarters Golf Club in 2007, as well as an NCAA Division II National Championship Runner-Up finish in 2005, also hosted by the Pirates at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort and Spa.
Meanwhile, Butler has directed the fledgling women's golf team for the last seven seasons and in 2011-12, the Pirates won their first Peach Belt Conference Championship, while advancing to the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time in 2012-13. Jenna Birch became Armstrong's first WGCA All-American and Scholar All-American in 2013 and both Birch and Kristen Sammarco have advanced as individuals to the NCAA Championships, respectively, each of the last two seasons.
Armstrong will host the 2013-14 NCAA Men's Golf South/Southeast
Super Regional, as well as the 2014-15 NCAA Women's Golf South
Regional, at Savannah Quarters over the next two seasons.
Butler became the head coach of the reinstated Armstrong men's golf team in 2000 and has produced seven GCAA All-Americans and nine GCAA Scholar All-Americans in 13 seasons of Armstrong men's golf.
Butler's extensive teaching experience comes from his direction of the Georgia School of Golf at Southbrige Golf Club in Savannah. A Savannah native Benedictine HS graduate, Butler earned NJCAA All-America honors at Florida Community College at Jacksonville. He competed for the U.S. in the 1990 World University Games in Montpelier, France, then continued his career at Jacksonville State University, where he was a two-time NCAA Division II All-America honoree for the Gamecocks.
Butler and his wife, Whitney, currently reside in Savannah with their five-year old son, Christopher, and newborn son James.
|Title:||Assistant Men's and Women's Golf Coach|
Ben Lown joins the Armstrong men's and women's golf program as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
A former GCAA All-American and four-year standout at Newberry College, Lown was a three-time South Atlantic Conference performer and a four-time participant in the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional. A native of North Augusta, S.C., Lown earned his bachelor's degree from Newberry in business administration in 2011.