By Justin Sokeland
INDIANAPOLIS – Former Bedford North Lawrence coach Kurt Godlevske was named the Big East Coach of the Year after leading Butler to 21 victories during the regular season.
Godlevske was honored by a vote among his conference peers. Butler’s Tori Schickel was named Second Team, Whitney Jennings was honorable mention, and Michelle Weaver was voted the Defensive Player of the Year for the Bulldogs.
Godlevske coached the Stars for seven seasons and totaled 120 wins. He guided BNL to the 2013 Class 4A state championship with a perfect 28-0 record before leaving to accept an assistant’s position with Butler.
He was named the head coach for the 2014-15 season. He has compiled a 66-87 record in five seasons. Butler’s 21 wins (after a 15-17 mark last year) are the most for the program since 2009-10.
Butler was picked to finish seventh in the Big East preseason poll, but the Bulldogs started the year 15-1, the best start as a Division I program in school history.
Butler will face Creighton in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament on Sunday in Chicago.
Kurt Godlevske at Butler
2014-15: 14-16 (10-8 in Big East)
2015-16: 10-21 (4-14 in Big East)
2016-17: 6-25 (2-16 in Big East)
2017-18: 15-17 (6-12 in Big East)
2018-19: 21-8 (11-7 in Big East)