Doug Chance, who has led Butler to the final day of the season in each of the past three years, will begin his 15th season in 2019. He has guided the Grizzlies to 617 wins against just 154 losses, an .800 winning percentage.
In addition to leading Butler to consecutive NJCAA national titles in 2016 and 2017, Chance led Butler to a third-place finish in 2018. The Grizzlies were one pitch away from playing for a third-straight national title. Butler has been in the final four in four of the past six seasons.
Chance has led Butler to 11 Jayhawk West titles, nine Region VI titles, five top-10 finishes, a 2013 Final Four finish in the NJCAA World Series and 10 years in the top 16 of the national rankings, including being ranked No. 1 in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018.
In his 14 seasons at Butler, Chance has coached 24 All-Americans (both NJCAA and NFCA), 115 Jayhawk Conference selections and received the KJCCC Coach of the Year 10 times.
Chance won his 600th game on April 15, 2018 vs. Dodge City.
Chance's commitment to the players and their future, however, is his greatest accomplishment. Chance utilizes his experience and contacts with major softball programs to give players every opportunity to play at the next level – evidenced by the fact that 70 former Butler players have signed with NCAA programs, 44 of those in Division I programs. Since coming to Butler, Chance has had more players sign Division I than all of the other 20 Kansas community college programs combined.
During the 2017 national title run, Chance led the Grizzlies to set school records in nearly every category, including conference wins in a season (24), overall wins in a season (58), most consecutive wins (88, 2016-17), fewest losses in a season (1), team batting average (.417), highest national ranking (No. 1 in 2013, 2014 and 2017), home runs in a season (135), which also still stands as a Region VI record and lowest team ERA (1.20). In addition, the Grizzlies led the nation in home runs in four seasons (2005-2007, 2017).
Chance also cares about how his players perform in the classroom. Butler softball has led the Jayhawk Conference in GPA four times (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013). In 2013, Butler had a team GPA of 3.33 and had four players earn Academic All-American honors, including two players (Mac Millspaugh and Alex Millspaugh) who earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for finishing their careers with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
A native of Wichita, Kan., Chance comes to Butler from Wichita East High School where he served as head coach of the Aces in 2004. Prior to coaching at East High, Chance served as assistant coach at Wichita State University in 2002, and as assistant coach at Friends University from 1998-2001. He also coached six years of summer softball which includes one State Championship (2002) and two USSSA World Series Championships (2002 & 2004).
Doug played men's fast pitch softball from 1986 to 2003, and played in two district tournaments, twelve state tournaments, and three regional tournaments during that time.
From 1991 to 1998, Chance coached six semi-pro baseball teams to berths in the National Baseball Congress World Series. He helped the Wichita Sluggers record a third place finish in the NBC World Series in 1996. He also played in six MSBL World Series.
Chance earned a Bachelor's of Ministry from Christian Leadership University. Doug and wife, Suzanne, are parents of a son and two daughters.
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