Head Coach: Michael Butler (1st Year)
Butler enters his first season as the head coach at Purchase, replacing Matt Weston.
Butler has previous coaching experience at Sarah Lawrence College in nearby Bronxville, NY, where he led the 1-6-1 Griffins to a 4-6-0 season in 2010, one game away from making the conference playoffs in only their second year of existence.
Butler later received HVMAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to his campaign at SLC, he was a volunteer women's assistant coach at D1 George Washington University, where his role was to help to develop the technical and tactical development of the squad.
Butler’s first position came in 1999 at American International College as the women's first assistant coach. While at AIC, the coaching staff was recognized with NorthEast Coach of the Year honors for the team's first and only berth to the conference championships.
In 1999, the Columbus Crew drafted Butler in the first round of the MLS Draft. He also played professionally for the NY Metro Stars (MLS) and for various teams in the A-league, as well as for second division club Lechia Dansk in Dansk, Poland.
In addition to his new post with Purchase, Butler is currently the Director of Operations for 5 Star Soccer Academy, located in Long Island, NY. He manages and organizes elite youth soccer programs and is the staff coach for the Region 7 ODP program, the Long Island Jr. Rough Riders. He also remains one of the assistants for the Long Island Lady Rough Riders W-League Women's Professional Soccer Team.
An exercise science graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Butler earned NSCAA All- American honors and was inducted into the Springfield, MA High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 for his honor as an Umbro High School All- American.
Among his coaching credits, Butler holds a USSF A Coaching license, an NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and a NSCAA National Youth Diploma. He resides in New Rochelle, NY.