BOSTON, Mass.--Veteran Keene State College baseball coach Ken Howe received the Jack Butterfield award from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association, it was recently announced.
The award is presented to an active New England coach who exhibits the integrity and dedication to the game of college baseball that Coach Butterfield demonstrated throughout his career. Jack Butterfield is a former coach at the University of Maine (1957-74) and the University of South Florida (1975-76) and was also a scout in the New York Yankees organization who passed away in a car accident in 1979.
Howe, a 1987 Keene State graduate, and four time Little East Conference Coach of the Year (2000, 2005, 2007, 2008) recently completed his 31st season in the Owls' dugout, and has a 571-584-9 record. KSC has reached the NCAA tournament four times (2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012), as well as three LEC regular season championships, in 2006, 2008, and 2010, and the Owls' first LEC tournament championship in 2008.
Under Howe's watch, the Owls have received 72 All-LEC Awards, as well as three LEC Rookies of the Year (Jim Slack in 2002, Bobby Doyon in 2008, and Cody Callahan in 2009), three LEC Pitchers of the Year (Bill Williams in 2000, Cody Dube in 2016, and Michael Crimi in 2017), and two LEC Players of the Year in Jeremy Schilling (2006) and Doyon in 2010.
Keene State has had two players selected in the Major League Baseball draft, with Corey Vogt going to the Red Sox in the 39th round in 2011 and Cody Dube chosen by the Orioles in the 10th round in 2016.