Butch Estes was named head coach of Barry University men’s basketball team in April 2013.
In his first season with the Buccaneers, Estes guided Barry to a 19-9 record and trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Buccaneers finished fourth in the Sunshine State Conference, following a 9-7 league mark. Barry won the Lynn Holiday Classic, beating No. 13 Livingstone. The Bucs also knocked off No. 6 Florida Southern. Barry opened the season with nine straight wins to earn a No. 25 national ranking. His team ranked fourth in the nation in assists per game (18.9).
Prior to Barry, Estes coached for 30 years, most recently at Palm Beach State College. He led the Panthers to an 80-14 mark in three seasons, all of which were punctuated by conference championships. In 2012-13, Palm Beach State went 29-3 to set a school record for wins. His first Panther team went 25-6, while the 2011-12 squad was 26-5. Palm Beach State went from worst to first in Estes’ first season after he inherited a team that finished in last place in the Southern Conference the year before he took over. That was the second time Estes accomplished that feat, having taken a Shoreline College team from 6-20 to 19-6 in one year’s turnaround from 2008-09 to 2009-10.
As a head coach, Estes has produced a 443-309 record, including a 270-243 at the four-year level. He’s received 10 Coach of the Year awards in his career, collecting at least one at every stop along his well-travelled coaching journey. Estes’ first head coaching stop came at Presbyterian College from 1980-85. He then spent nine years at Furman University from 1985-94. Following a five-year layoff away from the court when Estes transitioned into a basketball analyst for Fox Sports Network, he coached from 1999-2003 at Guilford College.
At Presbyterian, Estes’ teams were 92-63 in five seasons. He coached three teams to 20-plus wins seasons. In 1983-84, Presbyterian went 25-6. The following year the Blue Hose went 24-8. In 1982-83, Presbyterian put together a 21-12 record. While in Clinton, S.C., his teams beat Texas-San Antonio and Stetson.
In nine seasons at Furman from 1985-94, his teams went 135-122. In 1990-91, the Paladins went 20-9 overall, 11-3 in the Southern Conference to win the regular season league title. His 1987-88 team was 18-10 overall, 11-5 in the SoConn. A year earlier, he guided Furman to a 17-12, 10-6 mark. His Furman teams beat Wake Forest, 80-68, in Winston-Salem on Dec. 5, 1987 and Villanova, 77-73 in overtime, at home on Dec. 23, 1989.
Estes held assistant coaching positions at East Carolina and Rice before accepting the head coaching position at Presbyterian.
Following his analyst role with Fox, he returned to the sidelines, landing the head coaching job at Guilford, an NCAA Division III school in Greensboro, N.C. His Quakers teams went 43-58 in four seasons. In 2001-02, his club went 15-11 overall, 10-8 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
From 2003-06, Estes coached Miami-Dade Community College to a 69-22 record. He was an assistant coach at the University of Miami in 2006-07, before moving to the Seattle area to support his wife’s career. He accepted an assistant coaching position at Seattle University in 2007-08. The following year, Estes took over a struggling program at Shoreline College in Washington, compiling a 25-28 record in two seasons. His second Shoreline team went 19-7 overall, 13-3 in the league to win the conference championship and advance to the national tournament. Estes received his eighth career league Coach of the Year award in 2009-10.
Estes played freshman basketball at the University of North Carolina, where he was a student assistant under Tar Heels legendary coach Dean Smith.
Estes received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from North Carolina in 1973. He was a graduate assistant coach at The Citadel, where earned his master’s degree in administrative education.
He is married to Tonya Estes, Executive Producer of WFOR CBS-4 in Miami, and has two sons, Brad and Drew.