Warren Butler (’76) – Basketball
Warren Butler just might be the best pure point guard in the school’s history. For the first two years of high school, Warren was the best player and highest scorer at LaSalle High School. He could have chosen to stay at LaSalle and be All-World at the smaller school level. But, instead, he sought a new challenge.
Warren Butler started every game at Columbus during his junior and senior years. He was a coach’s dream – a point guard who thought and acted like a quarterback. He ran Brother Kevin’s offense, distributed the ball, avoided turnovers and played tenacious defense every time down the floor. Indeed, he was a cliché in high tops – the ultimate team player.
In his senior season, a magical year that saw Columbus win the Southern title of the GMAC, he was the glue that kept so many good players together. He put the ball in the hands of players like Marty Schuette and Cesar Odio – both Columbus hall of famers – and Peter Busse and Paul Girten. He helped the Explorers to a school records 23 wins against just 6 losses. It also helped that his coach was named Coach of the Year in Dade County.
Warren walked on at Florida Southern College and earned a basketball scholarship. He played at Florida Southern for 4 years.
After Florida Southern, Warren worked in city government for 16 years before becoming an educator in the Dade County Public School System. A teacher for 10 years, today Warren teaches health, CPR and Personal Fitness at Law Enforcement Officers Memorial High School – a local magnet school for high schoolers interested in law and police work.
Warren has a 13-year-old son.