Thunder name Mitchell Butler Head Coach

  • By Luke Forte, Day 1, 2020


The Seattle Thunder have finalised an agreement (reportedly worth 4 million per season for 4 years) for Mitchell Butler to become the team's new head coach. The former #1 draft pick Mitchell Butler returns to where it all began for him back in 1993.

"We're very please to introduce Mitchell Butler as our new head coach," said Thunders General Manger Luke Forte. "We are confident that he will be an extremely good fit for our team and our organisation as we venture into the future. The fact that he has played with some of the great coaches in JBL history will serve him well, as will the many nuances that he learned from performing on the brightest stage during his incredibly successful career, filled with multiple awards and a JBL championship.”

“I’m really excited about the unique opportunity to coach a very talented team and work for this committed management group,” said Butler. “In my estimation, the Thunder, from top to bottom, will become one of the marquee organisations in the JBL in the years to come. I’m looking forward to becoming part of that environment and building upon the success of last season.”

Butler, now 48, was named rookie of the year in 1993, won 3 Most Valuable Player awards, and won a JBL championship in 1993, 1994 and 2004, plus many other accolades in his illustrious 16 year playing career.

It seems now, that the Thunder have confirmed rumours from earlier in the season that they wanted a faster playing style which Taz Mills (recently sacked head coach) was apprehensive to play with.

It is hoped that the young athletes of the Thunder will thrive under the direction of Butler's motivating energy and fast moving offensive style.