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Jack and Rita Butcher 

Jack Butcher is a name heard around the state of Indiana, and for great reason. While Jack is a humble, caring resident of our small town of Loogootee, he also holds the honorable title of Indiana’s Winningest High School Basketball Coach and has been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as of 1991. His 45 years of coaching constituted an impressive era of high school basketball for Loogootee. Jack was born and raised in Martin County and promised himself he’d always return following graduation. He grew up fishing, hunting, and doing what he loves most- playing basketball. Jack later married Rita (Jones) and decided to build their family here. Jack and Rita have been married for 63 years. They now have seven kids, 16 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. The love of family is clear as you walk in the front door of their home and see dozens of pictures of kids and grandkids under a large sign that says “Family”. In Jack’s free time he enjoys playing golf, while Rita spends her free time walking and volunteering in humble ways with the church. The couple still resides in Martin County where their roots heavily lie.

The path to the successful life Jack built was not always an easy one. Jack Butcher led Memphis State to the 1957 National Invitation Tournament title game just after two years in the U.S. Army. He was drafted by Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics in 1957, but politely declined the offer after deciding on graduation day that his destiny was coaching Loogootee High School Basketball. As coach, the Lions won 20 sectional titles, eight regionals and two semi-states. Jack ended his coaching career with 806 wins including four undefeated seasons. Coach Butcher is known for molding the small-town boys of Loogootee into pieces of one high school team who played fundamental, winning basketball. Jack and Rita Butcher are citizens that Martin County cherishes long after “the coaching days” have ended.

The Rita and Jack Butcher Loogootee Family Scholarship fund was created in 2011 and converted to an MCCF endowment in 2014.  The scholarship will forever honor the Loogootee “basketball family” that had supported the Butchers so much for all those years. Jack also wanted to honor his wife, Rita, who he says was always so supportive of him as a husband, father, player, and coach. He knew he was never going to change the world, but decided he can pay it forward and contribute in positive ways. Because receiving a scholarship was so critical to furthering his education and basketball career, he desired to return the favor to residents of Martin County. Rita and Jack wanted to encourage in students a good attitude, a good work ethic, to perform well academically, and to participate in either sports and/or extracurricular activities. The scholarship is designated for a high school senior at Loogootee High School who has been accepted in a college, university, vocational or trade school. They created this scholarship because the family is past, present, and future supporters of Martin County and Loogootee basketball. The Butchers desire “to give back for all our blessings.” Jack Butcher will forever be known for his records and achievements, but he and Rita also hold a legacy with Martin County that aims to continue making our home a better place.

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