Teams: Frosh, JV & Varsity
Tryouts: March (exact date TBA)
Head Coach Bio:
Joseph Butcher was born and raised in Chicago. He is a proud alumni of Lake View High School with the class of 1999.Joseph has worked for Chicago Public Schools since 2010. He began as a bus aide and is now a SECA working with special needs students. Joseph is married and has three sons. Joseph is 18, Justin is 16, and Joshua is 6. All of his boys play baseball.Joseph started coaching his boys' teams in 2007 as Joseph's T-ball coach.He began coaching Justin's team in 2011 and Joshua's team in 2019.Coach Butcher's teams have played in tournaments throughout the United States. They have played in tournaments in Cooperstown (NY), ESPN Wide World of Sports (FLA), and The Field of Dreams (Iowa) in 2017 where they won the championship game. His teams have played in tournaments against California, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, and New York. Some of the teams in these tournaments were from Panama, Ecuador, and Canada.( Some of these players still keep in touch with each other.) Coach Butcher coached baseball at Lake View 2018-2019. He was the head JV coach and led his team to compete in the city championship where they were runner-up for CPS schools.Coach Butcher has had his baseball teams volunteer in the community. His teams have helped to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless kitchen for Catholic Charities, wrap Christmas gifts for needy children, and the boys donated toys to a younger brother of a student who was in remission after battling leukemia. Coach Joe plans on running an honest baseball program at Lake View withstudent athletes who are willing to do their best academically and on the baseball field.
The Wildcats have celebrated a city semifinal and two city championships. The program boasts a great win loss record, but they are most proud of the countless number of players who have gone on to play in college. Eight players from the 2020 class alone have gone on to play at the next level, along with four graduates from 2019 and eight from 2018. With its most recent success, it is hard to see why anyone wouldn’t want to be a Wildcat baseball player.
Facts and Stats:
City Champions (2018, 2019)
Jv Runner up 2018
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