COLUMBUS - The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association has announced that Dave Butcher of Pickerington North High School is the recipient of the 2013 Paul Walker Award. The Paul Walker Award is presented annually by the OHSBCA to an active coaching member of the association who has made significant contributions to high school basketball.
The award is named in honor of the late Paul Walker, the longtime coach of Middletown High School. At the time of his retirement, he had the most wins as boys' basketball coach in Ohio High School basketball history.
Butcher is a 1973 graduate of Toronto High School where he lettered in basketball, football and golf and is a member of the Toronto High School Hall of Fame. He received his undergraduate and master's degree from Ohio State University. Butcher has been the head varsity girls' basketball coach in Pickerington for 30 years, 20 years as head coach at Pickerington Central and 10 years as head coach at Pickerington North.
In addition, he served as a boy and a girl's assistant coach for five years in the Pickerington system.
During this time, he has compiled a record of 671-81. He has won 24 district titles (23 in a row), 23 Ohio Capital Conference Championships, 12 regional championships, six state titles and finished No. 1 in the country by USA Today in 1999. Butcher has received numerous coaching honors such as: OCC Coach of the Year, district Coach of the Year, state Coach of the Year and also named USA Today's National Coach of the Year.
In addition, he has coached in the WBCA College All-American Game, has been a member of the National High School All-American Selection Committee, and had the honor of being a part of U.S.A. Women's Basketball, coaching at the Youth Developmental Festival in Colorado Springs.
Butcher's teams were ranked for 10 straight years in the USA Today's Super 25 and were ranked No. 1 by The Associated Press for nine consecutive years. Pickerington also had a 74 game winning streak and won 181 straight league games during his career. Five of his players were named Player of the Year in Ohio and more than 70 of his student-athletes have played Division I college basketball.
He was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Butcher and his wife Linda have been married for 33 years and have two sons and a daughter.