Butler expected to be named VUU men’s basketball coach
Fred Jeter | 4/23/2015, 9:32 a.m.
By Fred Jeter
Lester L. “Jay” Butler Jr. helped Virginia Union University win 107 basketball games as a play-making guard for the Panthers from 1992 to 1996.
Now he’ll try to add to that victory total as head coach.
The Washington native and VUU alumnus of the Class of 1996 is expected to be named head coach of the Panthers’ men’s basketball team, succeeding Tony Sheals, who was reassigned after one season.
A press conference is set for Tuesday, April 28, at the L. Douglas Wilder Library & Learning Resource Center on the VUU campus.
Butler has served for the past 11 seasons as women’s coach at the University of District of Columbia (UDC), where he compiled a record of 177-125.
His Firebirds were 25-5 this past season and received a bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Butler drew strong support from former VUU star Ben Wallace, who is expected to be named as an assistant. Wallace and Butler were teammates in 1996 when VUU advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four.
VUU was 107-14 in Butler’s four seasons playing under Coach Dave Robbins.
Butler served two years as a volunteer assistant coach for VUU men’s team. He spent two seasons coaching boys at Bladensburg High School in Maryland before heading to UDC.
He was a UDC women’s assistant coach for two years before being named head coach in 2003.
He becomes the third former Panthers guard to become VUU men’s coach since Robbins’ retirement in 2008.
Others were Willard Coker, 2008 to 2011, and Luqman Jaaber, 2011 to 2014.
VUU was 9-18 this past year under Sheals.
Also interviewed for the VUU job this go-round was Vance Harmon, a former Panther and current coach of State Group 5A champion Henrico High School.