Dave Schrage, who has led six baseball programs to success, has been hired as Butler’s head coach. Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier made the announcement Tuesday (July 5). Schrage (pronounced “Shragg”) comes to Butler with 28 seasons of collegiate head coaching experience, having spent the last five seasons at South Dakota State.
Schrage has won 732 career games during head coaching stops at SDSU, Notre Dame, Evansville, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, and Waldorf (Iowa). In 28 seasons as a collegiate head coach, he has coached players who have earned all-conference honors 75 times and 47 of his former student-athletes have gone on to play professionally. Ten of his players have earned Freshman All-American accolades.
“After a thorough search of an impressive applicant field, we are very pleased to welcome Dave Schrage as Butler’s new head baseball coach,” said Collier. “Throughout the interview process and in conversations with those who have known him over the years, we learned that Dave embodies the ideals found in The Butler Way, and will be a great ambassador for Butler and mentor to our student-athletes. Dave brings experience as the head coach at five Midwest Division I programs, and he has the enthusiasm and vision to build a winning program at Butler.”
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Brian Meyer joined the Butler baseball program as an assistant coach in the summer of 2016. Meyer most recently spent five seasons at Tulane as the program’s director of operations. He has made coaching stops at Wright State and Otterbein College, where he was a three-year starter at second base, before assuming his role at Tulane in 2012.
Meyer has tutored three All-Americans, 14 MLB Draft picks and 37 all-conference honorees. The Green Wave posted an overall record of 167-123 during his five-year stint with the program including consecutive NCAA Regional trips in 2015 and 2016.
Wright State had one of their most successful stretches of baseball with Meyer in the dugout. Meyer worked closely with head coach Rob Cooper in helping lead the Raiders to the 2011 NCAA Tournament as well as a pair of Horizon League titles in 2010 and 2011. Meyer worked with the outfielders, aided with hitting instruction and acted as the first base coach on game day.