East Providence native Butler among Little East Conference first Hall inductees
PROVIDENCE — Recognized as one of the school and league's all-time greats, East Providence native Alex Butler, representing Rhode Island College, was enshrined among the first-ever class of inductees into Little East Conference Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday night, Oct. 27, at the Marriot Hotel.
Butler was part of an 11-member class comprised of five athletic administrators, four former student-athletes and two coaches.
The five athletic administers included Al Bean of University of Southern Maine, John P. Clark of Plymouth State University, Richard Costello of the University of Southern Maine, Dr. William Moore and Charlie Titus of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Bean, Costello and Moore each served as Commissioner of the Little East Conference, while Clark and Titus played an integral role in the formation of the conference.
The four former student-athletes included Butler (1993-1997), Allison Coleman (2000-2004) of Eastern Connecticut State University, Adam DeChristopher (1995-1999) of Plymouth State University and Ashley Marble (2003-2007) of the University of Southern Maine.
One of the most dominant men's basketball players in the New England Division III ranks during his career, Butler was chosen to All-America teams in 1996 and 1997. He was the first Little East men's cager to earn three conference-sponsored major awards during his career, receiving the Player of the Year Award twice (1996, 1997) and Rookie of the Year Award in 1994. In addition to his three first-team All-Little East selections, Butler is just one of three Anchormen to have scored 2,000-career points. He ranks second in program history with 2,398.
Among the other accolades Butler earned while at RIC were the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Robbins Scholar-Athlete honors in 1996 and 1997 and the John E. Hetherman Award as Rhode Island College's top male senior athlete in 1998. In 2011, he was the top-vote getter among the Little East Men's Basketball 25th Anniversary Team members.
During his career, Butler was the biggest impact player in the Little East Conference. Besides being Rookie of the Year in '93-94 and the three first-team All-Conference selections, Butler garnered back-to-back Player of the Year Awards in 1995-96 and 1996-97.
Butler's jersey number, 14, was retired by the Anchormen in 2005. He was a 2003 inductee into RIC's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Butler has been a Physical Education teacher in the East Providence school system since 1999. He currently teaches at Riverside Middle School.
He has been the Townies' head boys' hoops coach since 2005 and head girls' volleyball coach since 2007. Butler also serves as the co-director of the Aim High Basketball Camp, a position he has held since 2000. He also served as an assistant men's basketball coach at RIC from 1998 to 2001.
The son of city residents Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Butler, he resides in East Providence with his wife Kate and their daughter Avery with another child expected just after the New Year.