Mary Butler

Athlete, Coach
High School
About Mary Butler

Butler was a standout softball pitcher for Iroquois High School, where she played for Bernie Fitch. She also played tennis for two years and volleyball for a year. She played for the Braves from 1979-82, compiling 52-5 record with 0-49 ERA. In 344 innings she struck out 451 batters. She had eight no-hitters, including four perfect games, along with eight one-hitters. She pitched lroquois to the 1982 PlAA Class AA State Championship, throwing a two-hitter after tossing a perfect game in the Western finals. Her five losses came to the AAA District Championship team in 1979, the AA District Championship team in 1980, the 1981 AA State champion, the 1981 AAA State runner-up, and the 1982 AAA State Regional runner-up. Butler was a unanimous All-Erie Country League selection as a pitcher as a junior and senior and an NHSCA (National High School Coaches Assoc.) honorable mention All-American. She pitched at Mercyhurst in 1984, helping the Lakers to the Keystone Conference championship, then at Penn State in 1985, throwing a perfect game with 11 strikeouts vs. LaSalle and helping the Nittany Lions to the Atlantic 10 Conference championship and a spot in the NCAA top 16. She was 10-6 with a 1.97 ERA. She competed on the” Athletes in Action” All—Star Tour in Italy in 1986. Butler has stayed actively involved in area athletics. From 1999-02 she was a sponsor and player on the Erie Edge women’s ice hockey team, and competed in Erie men’s Recreational Hockey League for six years. She was also a sponsor and player for Erie Renegades women’s fastpitch softball team from 1992-2002, helping Renegades to ten straight city of Erie championships. During that period she had a 104-2 individual pitching record. The Renegades won the 1996 NSA Women’s Softball National Championship. Since 2003 she has served as owner and CEO of the Erie Illusion women’s semi-pro football team and played on the inaugural team in 2003. From 1993-97 Butler was the head coach of the Mercyhurst Prep softball team, with the ’93 squad finishing as District 10 runner-up. In 2004, she traveled to Russia and Kazakhstan for several months as an assistant coach with the Athletes in Action Canadian Women’s Hockey team that won the 2001 Freedom Cup Championship.