Richard Butcher



Coach Richard Butcher joined St. Francis in 2013-14 as the girls’ head basketball coach (as well as the Admissions Director for the Preschool through 8th grade).  In 2014-15, he takes the helm of the boys’ basketball team.  Coach  Butcher came in following a ten-year career on Capitol Hill, where he served as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Diane Watson.  Coach Butcher seized upon a unique opportunity in athletics in 1994 when he accepted a position as the assistant coach for the University of California — Irvine’s women’s basketball team, which he led to its first-time win as Big West Conference Champions and to first-time participation in the NCAA tournament. From 1995 until 1997, he combined his interests and talents in the scientific/healthcare field and athletics as a science teacher and basketball coach for high schools in California, leading the Mater Dei High School team to the California State Championship. In 1997, Coach Butcher gained his first experience living and working overseas when he was became the assistant coach to a team in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League. During the three years he lived in Victoria, before being recruited away to Micronesia to work for then-Ambassador Watson, he led the women’s team to the playoffs each year, followed by a stint as head coach for the senior men’s team, lifting them from a longtime losing streak to their first playoff appearance in several years.

Born and raised in San Diego,CA, Coach Butcher has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Georgetown.  He and his wife Nicole have two daughters, Lena and Zara, who both attend St. Francis.