Blake Butler enters his first season on the Patriot bench as an assistant coach.
Butler comes to FMU from the College of Charleston, where he spent the 2018 season as a student assistant coach and working primarily with the Cougar infielders.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Butler earned a B.S. degree in marketing from the College of Charleston.
On the baseball diamond, he was an everyday player for three years with the Cougars, starting 177 of the 179 games he played in. He compiled a career .308 batting average to go with a .444 slugging percentage and a .397 on-base percentage. A sure-handed defender at second base, Butler finished his collegiate career with a .979 fielding percentage.
Butler elevated his game during his draft-eligible junior season, earning both Colonial Athletic Association Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards, in addition to being selected to the Atlantic ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team. He finished the season batting .325 with a .564 slugging percentage, boosted by a team-best 13 home runs. He registered a 19-game hitting streak early in the year, tying for fifth-longest in Cougar history, and led the team with 25 multiple-hit games.
He was also named to the 2013 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team.
His 2015 performance resulted in him being selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 15th round of the MLB draft. Butler played three seasons in the Reds organization, batting .238 with 11 home runs and 73 RBIs, while advancing as high as Class A Advanced Daytona (Fla.). He garnered All-Star status during his first year of pro ball, playing with the Arizona League (AZL) Reds.
Off the field, Butler has worked with Mercy and Grace Ministries (serving rural communities in Honduras) and Charleston Hope (a non-profit group serving Title 1 schools in the Charleston, S.C., area).