Little East to enshrine RIC alum in conference’s inaugural Hall of Fame
The Little East Conference (LEC) will induct former Rhode Island College men’s basketball standout Alex Butler ’98 as part of the league’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class at a special ceremony held at the Providence Marriot Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Alex Butler '98
Alex Butler '98
The league will enshrine a total of 11 members that night, comprised of five administrators, four student athletes and two coaches.
Butler was one of the most dominant basketball players in New England during the early 1990s. He starred for the Anchormen from 1993-97, earning All-American honors as a junior and senior in 1995-96 and 1996-97.
During his career, Butler was the biggest impact player in the LEC. He was named First Team All-Conference as a sophomore in 1994-95, a junior in 1995-96 and a senior in 1996-97. Butler was the LEC’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1993-94 and Player of the Year in 1995-96 and 1996-97. In addition, he earned First Team All-Star and Robbins Scholar-Athlete honors in 1995-96 and 1996-97 from the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
He closed out his career as RIC’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,398 points. He received the John E. Heatherman Award, signifying him as RIC’s top male senior athlete in 1998. Butler was named to the LEC Men’s Basketball 25th Anniversary Team in 2011 and had his jersey number (14) retired by RIC in 2005. He is a 2003 inductee into RIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Prior to coming to RIC, Butler was a standout in both basketball and volleyball while at East Providence High School. After graduation, Butler continued his involvement with RIC athletics, serving as assistant men’s basketball coach from 1998-01.
Butler has been a teacher in the East Providence school system since 1999. He has been the head boy’s varsity basketball coach since 2005, and has been the head girl’s varsity volleyball coach since 2007. Butler also serves as the co-director of the Aim High Basketball Camp, a position he has held since 2000.
He resides in East Providence with his wife Kate and their daughter Avery.
The remainder of the LEC Hall of Fame class includes five administrators: Al Bean and Richard Costello - both of the University of Southern Maine, John P. Clark of Plymouth State University, Dr. William Moore and Charlie Titus of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Bean, Costello and Moore each served as Commissioner of the LEC, while Clark and Titus played an integral role in the formation of the conference.
The four former student athletes are Butler, Allison Coleman (2000-04) of Eastern Connecticut State University, Adam DeChristopher (1995-99) of Plymouth State University and Ashley Marble (2003-07) of the University of Southern Maine.
Brian Baptiste of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Gary Fifield of the University of Southern Maine will be inducted as the two coaches who helped position the Little East as a regional and national power in the sport of basketball.