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Butler Bulldogs Hire Mike Schrage as Assistant Coach

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Mike Schrage, whose coaching experience includes a combined 17 seasons at Stanford and Duke, has been named an assistant coach for Butler’s men’s basketball program. Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann made the announcement Thursday (May 12). Schrage (pronounced “SHRAWG-ee”) also arrives with ties to the region, graduating from Indiana University in 1998.

“Our staff is very excited to welcome Mike, his wife Amanda, and their kids, Andrew and Sophia, to the Butler community,” said Holtmann. “Mike comes highly recommended from people I trust and respect in our business. He appreciates and understands Butler and has shown the ability over a number of years to recruit high level student-athletes. His consistent work ethic, diligence and attention to detail were common themes as I spoke with people about Mike. His experience in Indiana, his work under some of the best coaches in the history of our game, as well as his experiences with USA Basketball will serve him well here at Butler. Mike has worked at some outstanding institutions and we think he has a great understanding of the level of person, player and student we are looking to recruit to Butler. Please join me in welcoming Mike and his family to Butler.”

Schrage recently completed his eighth season at Stanford under coach Johnny Dawkins. He was responsible for coaching and scouting, in addition to serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator. The Cardinal signed 16 players ranked in the Top 100 nationally during his time on the Stanford staff. Schrage mentored standout Chasson Randle, the 2011 Illinois Mr. Basketball, who finished his career as Stanford’s all-time scoring leader while becoming the program’s first Academic All-America First Team selection since 2006. Four Cardinal players were selected in the NBA Draft following their collegiate careers.

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Photo: Butler Athletics/Mike Schrage (second from left; photo provided by Stanford Athletics)

The Cardinal made five postseason appearances in Schrage’s eight seasons in Palo Alto, including an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2014. The Cardinal also won two NIT Championships during his tenure (2012, 2015). Stanford won at least 20 games four times during that stretch, which is a significant accomplishment as Stanford’s strength of schedule was rated in the top 50 each of the past four seasons, including twice in the top 20.

“I am extremely honored that Coach Holtmann has invited me to be a part of Butler Basketball, a program that I have greatly admired and studied from afar throughout my coaching career,” said Schrage. “I have an amazing respect for the tradition and culture that has been built, and I look forward to continuing to help uphold its strong standards by recruiting and developing high character student-athletes both on and off the court. I can’t wait to get started with this great staff and for my family to become fully immersed in the Butler community.”

During his tenure at Duke, Schrage was a member of Duke’s 2001 national championship squad and two NCAA Final Four teams. He served as the program’s director of basketball operations from 2002-08. Schrage also served as the program’s academic and recruiting coordinator from 1999-2002, his first three years at Duke.

Schrage was a four-year student manager at Indiana from 1994-98 under Bob Knight and coached and coordinated camps during the summers. In 1996, he worked with the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team as a member of its support staff.

Schrage also served as the video coordinator for the USA Basketball Senior National Team staff at the 2006 World Championship games in Japan. He served in that same capacity at the 2007 Tournament of America in Las Vegas.

After graduating from Indiana with a B.S. in kinesiology in 1998, Schrage was an administrative assistant for the Mississippi men’s basketball team in 1998-99. In his one year working under head coach Rod Barnes, Schrage was part of the first Mississippi team to win an NCAA Tournament game.

Schrage and his wife, Amanda, have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Sophia. Follow him on Twitter at @CoachSchrage.

Mike Schrage Coaching Career
2016-present – Butler University, Assistant Coach
2008-16 – Stanford University, Assistant Coach
2002-08 – Duke University, Director of Basketball Operations
1999-2002 – Duke University, Academic and Recruiting Coordinator
1998-99 – Mississippi, Administrative Assistant
1994-1998 – Indiana University, Student Manager

Statement on the Hire of Mike Schrage at Butler University

“What an exciting day for Butler Basketball and for Mike Schrage! Mike will be a great addition and a perfect fit in Butler’s historic program. Mike has long represented the best in college basketball with his passion and loyalty for the sport at Indiana, Mississippi, Duke, and Stanford. This is a terrific hire by Coach Holtmann. Truly, I could not be happier for Mike and his family, who will represent Butler in the best possible fashion at all times.” – Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Head Coach

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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