Don Butcher, a native of Paintsville, Kentucky, began his coaching career in 1989 when he became an assistant coach at Cumberlands. His collegiate playing days were spent at Georgetown College. Twelve and a half years later, in November of 2000, he became the head coach of University of the Cumberlands making this his 17th year. During his first year as head coach, he was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year with a 21-13 record. In 2003, Coach Butcher was named Co-Coach of the Year, while also receiving Coach of the Year in 2010-2011 season. Coach Butcher's career record now at Cumberlands is 347-165. He has been to the NAIA National Tournament twelve times, in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 as the head coach.
Coach Butcher came to Cumberlands because he felt it was, "A great place to work and a great place to be a student. Both the faculty and staff here want the students to succeed and you don't find that at every school. There is a proud tradition and they want to see it continue. All the coaches at Cumberlands should be grateful for the pledge of excellence the administration has made."
Coach Butcher feels the best thing about being a coach is, "working with and helping to mold young men. Teaching them that it is okay to ‘keep on keeping on!' by putting in an honest day's work even when you may see very little benefits from that day's work." He admits that the worst thing about being a coach is, "Players graduate and I lose contact with them." And the biggest disappointment is "every year we seem to lose our last game. I want one of my teams to be able to say they are the Champions!" Perhaps, most critical of himself, Coach Butcher says, "I'm not sure I've ever coached a good game. I am still trying to get one right." Coach Butcher says his best advice to athletes is to "get your college degree. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!! Whatever you end up doing with your life, do it with pride."
Coach Butcher resides in Williamsburg with his wife of 26 years, Bonnie, and his two sons, Don Russell, Jr., 24, and Daniel Raymond, 22.