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Rick Butler


60502, United States

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Rick Butler - Professional Summary:

Rick Butler has dedicated more than 30 years to coaching, training, and mentoring young men and women in the sport of volleyball. Along with opening two volleyball centers in Illinois, he has also played roles in the success of several international teams. Rick Butler’s commitment to volleyball includes a desire to expand the sport through education and cost-efficiency.

In 1990, Rick Butler opened Great Lakes Volleyball Inc. (GLV Inc.), a training facility located in Aurora, Illinois. He currently fills the role of CEO and President of this center. Prior to his involvement with GLV Inc., Rick Butler co-founded the Sports Performance Volleyball club in the same city, and he has served as the Head Coach and Co-Director there since 1981.

Rick Butler contributed to the success of many students who came through Sports Performance over the years. Over 600 boys and girls from the Sports Performance Volleyball Club have gone on to play collegiate volleyball at more than 200 Colleges and Universities.

Rick Butler uses his experience to educate others in the sport of volleyball. His Sports Performance series of videos, the number one selling volleyball series in the United States, has sold over 80,000 copies since its release. Rick Butler also prepared a webinar for the Junior Volleyball Association’s series on Junior Club Management.

As he feels participation in volleyball needs to increase, Rick Butler presented a number of ideas to achieve this growth at a Junior Volleyball Director’s Association meeting. Strategies introduced in this proposal included expanding the age range during which volleyball training is offered, implementing cost-cutting measures to enable more athletes to participate, and focusing high performance programs on volleyball players who display Olympic-level ability. Rick Butler also advocates for the growth of competitive opportunities at the regional level to encourage more players to become involved in volleyball.


Rick Butler - Professional Experience:


Sports Performance Volleyball Club

Dec 1, 1981-present




Jan 1, 1990-present


Rick Butler - Education:

College of the Siskiyous

Sep 1, 1974-Dec 1, 1976

Weed, CA


University of Redlands

Sep 1, 1977-May 1, 1979

BA, History


Rick Butler - Interests:

Volleyball, reading, time with family



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