By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Stephen Butcher, a 1996 Pulaski County High School graduate, has come back home to take over as the new Southwestern High School girls basketball coach.
“I am so happy to be back in this area,” Butcher said. “Coach (Tim) Rice did a wonderful job his nine years by building the program up. They won a lot of games, unfortunately they haven’t won the big one yet. That is why we are here.”
Butcher, who was a standout basketball and football player for the Maroons in the mid 90’s, had unparalleled coaching success in his very first head coaching job from 2005 to 2008 for the Pike County Central High School Lady Hawks.
Butcher spend three seasons at Pike County Central High School and led the Lady Hawks to three straight 15th Region Tournament championship appearances. During the 2006-07 season, Butcher led the Lady Hawks to the 15th Region title and made a KHSAA State Tournament Final Four appearance. In the 2007-08 season, Butcher’s Lady Hawks posted the 15th Region’s best record at 25-6. During his three seasons at Pike County Central, Butcher compiled an impressive 64-31 record.
In 2008, Butcher left Pike County Central for the Mason County High School girls basketball head coaching position. Butcher also spend three years at Mason County, but with less success than his previous stint. During his three years at Mason County, Butcher compiled 35-49 record, won a 39th District Tournament title, but made only one 10th Region Tournament appearance.