1953 - 2017
Mike started officiating high school basketball with the Austin Basketball officials in 1988 until he retired in 2014. During his tenure, Mike served as a division representative, lead trainer, President, and was selected for two UIL regional tournaments. Mike elevated his officiating to become a college basketball official. He became a mentor to young officials where he would attend and teach at every referee training camp. Mike would ensure the game went smoothly, the rules were followed, and the coaches respected the game. Mike had a great relationship with many coaches and athletic directors. He was a person everyone could count on for solid and sound advice.
Mike had a great relationship with The University of Texas Basketball programs. Mike was a scoreboard operator for UT for 25+ years for both the Men’s and Women’s teams. He worked NCAA post-season games hosted by UT and a Big 12 Basketball tournament. He served 8 years as NCAA basketball official. He also worked directly with UT to organize officials for their team basketball camps. He built such a strong relationship with the University of Texas basketball coaches that they often invited him to officiate their closed scrimmages.
Mike also worked with Austin Spurs Basketball (San Antonio Spurs Development League affiliate). He was the scoreboard operator for all home games at the HEB Center at Cedar Park until 2016.
In honor of Mike, the MBrace Your Passion Award in honor of Mike Butler was created. Donations can be made here.