Wichita State parts ways with baseball coach Todd Butler

Wichita State announced Sunday, head baseball coach Todd Butler will not be returning for a 7th season. 

“Following an evaluation of our baseball program, it is time to have a change in our leadership,” Wichita State Director of Athletics, DarronBoatright said. “We move forward with our same program expectations; to compete at the highest level nationally and in the American Athletic Conference. I thank Coach Butler and Melissa for their six years of service to Wichita State University.”

The Shockers failed to earn a bid to an NCAA Regional under Butler's leadership. Wichita State finished out the 2019 season on Saturday with a loss to UCONN in the AAC Tournament semi-finals. 

In 6 years as the skipper for Wichita State, Butler compiled a 47-63-1 mark in conference play and an overall record of 169-180-1. 

He released the following statement through the University Sunday night. 

“Today, I met with Darron Boatright and the decision was made to go in a different direction with the leadership of Shocker baseball. I wish current, past and future players and coaches great success going forward. Melissa and I are thankful for the support we received from Shocker athletes and fans during our time here in Wichita. I am particularly grateful to Sammy Esposito, Scott Gurss, Mike Pelfrey and Willie Schwanke for their hard work and dedication to the program. As for me and my family, we have worked tirelessly to bring top-notch student-athletes to multiple campuses across the country. We are excited for our next chapter, and we wish the Shockers the best.”

Assistant coaches Mike Pelfrey, Sammy Esposito, and Director of Operations Scott Gurss are remaining on the staff until their contracts run out on June 30th.