Butcher is the first head coach of the menâ€™s basketball team that was once a student-athlete in the Charger program.
â€śI would like to thank Dr. May, Dr. Blount, and Mr. Gene Reese for the opportunity to lead the menâ€™s basketball program here at Ancilla,â€ť began Butcher. â€śHaving played here, I take great pride in this program. The last three seasons, working for Coach Tonagel at Indiana Wesleyan, has helped prepare me for this opportunity and I am excited for whatâ€™s in store.â€ť
He comes to Ancilla after a three year stint as assistant coach at Indiana Wesleyan, where he had a part in two NAIA Elite Eight finishes and three Mid-Central Conference championships. Before that Butcher led the Northfield girls basketball to the biggest program turnaround in the state of Indiana, inheriting a 3-18 team that finished with 15 wins under his tutelage.
Ancilla Athletic Director Gene Reese was very excited to speak of his new basketball coach. â€śAaron is a great choice because he embodies the values we look for in the athletic department. He prioritizes academics, has a strong spiritual background, as well as an outstanding expertise in basketball.â€ť
The Wabash native earned his bachelorâ€™s degree at Indiana Wesleyan University and will complete his masterâ€™s degree from Ball State this December.
Butcher replaces Greg Neeley, who has taken over as head menâ€™s basketball coach and sports information director at Warren Wilson College in Piedmont, North Carolina. Neeley compiled a 17-34 record with the Chargers in two seasons.
He is married to the former Alison Chittick and has a five-year-old daughter, Kalli.