After originally serving as an assistant coach for three seasons, Butch Edge enthusiastically took over the Bulldog men’s golf program at his alma mater in 2009. As of the 2015 season, he has amassed more than 500 head-to-head wins for an impressive winning percentage of .781.
Widely respected among the golf community, Edge is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), American Junior Golf Association (AJA) and the US Golf Association (USGA). Also, he serves as a West Regional representative of the NCAA.
During his head-coaching career at Redlands, Edge has guided the Bulldogs to phenomenal success, including the program’s 25th overall conference championship in 2015, which came by a 19-stroke margin. That year he was also named the inaugural SCIAC Coach of the Year by his conference peers. In addition, the Bulldogs have notched four second-place finishes and one third-place showing among the talented crew of competitors in the SCIAC since 2009.
Overall, Edge’s program has produced 21 All-Conference competitors, including the 2014 Player of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Beyond the conference, Edge has received the honor of being named a finalist for the GCAA National Coach of the Year in 2014 and again in 2015, while earning the West Regional distinction in 2015.
Nationally, the Bulldogs consistently shine among the best programs in the country, earning the No. 1 ranking in all of NCAA Division III on multiple occasions. Redlands has qualified for the NCAA Championships every year since 2011 and finished among the top 16 each season.
As far as student-athletes go, Edge has had the privilege of coaching some of the best in the nation, including nine All-Americans, 14 All-West Region performers, and one NCAA individual champion. Furthermore, his players have garnered the honor of being named the Jack Nicklaus Division III Player of the Year (2014), the Phil Mickelson National Freshman of the Year (2013), and finalists for the prestigious Byron Nelson Award (2015) and Palmer Cup Team (2014, 2015). In addition, the program boasts three-consecutive West Region Freshmen of the Year (2011-2013).
Academically, the Bulldog men’s golfers are top-notch under Edge’s tutelage. Since 2009, Redlands has been recognized three times as a Presidential Academic Team for a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, while receiving the distinction as an Outstanding Academic Team on two occasions for achieving a GPA above 3.0. Individually, the squad has produced nine Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars and two CoSIDA Academic All-America nods.
Prior to his return to Redlands, Edge served as Athletic Director at nearby Bloomington High School from 2000-2004. He also gained valuable experience as an assistant softball coach at Texas A&M University for seven years and as a head coach at Santa Ana College, where he led the Lady Dons to a state championship.
While attending the University of Redlands, Edge competed in football each of his four years and earned many prestigious awards. As a team captain under long-time Head Coach Frank Serrao, he landed on the All-SCIAC and NAIA All-District 3 teams. He also boasted three straight seasons of earning Little All-Coast honors, along with NCAA and NAIA All-America accolades. His teammates named him the Most Valuable Player at defensive back as well as the squad’s Most Inspirational Player. Finally, Edge was inducted into the University of Redlands Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990 as well as the Redlands High School Hall of Fame in 2011.
Edge hopes to pass on his passion for sports to the Bulldog men's golf team. Away from the links, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Shelby Reagan and Sean Thomas. They currently reside in Redlands.