RICHMOND, Ind. - Ty Butler, Indiana University East's first all-conference men's tennis player, has been appointed as an assistant tennis coach at the school. "I am pleased to have Ty come aboard," said IU East tennis head coach Erskine Ratchford. "Ty's experience in college tennis and familiarity with IU East tennis, athletics and the university make him a great fit for our tennis program. I look forward to working with Ty to grow our men's and women's teams." Butler played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for most of his IU East career. He holds a share of the program record for singles victories in a season. He served as a student assistant during the 2016-17 school year. "After competing for IU East, I knew I wanted to give back to the program in some way," Butler said. "With an established passion for the Red Wolves, I hope to develop players on the court and in the classroom. I look forward to the upcoming seasons!" Butler is a Wadesville, Ind., native who earned a bachelor's degree in general studies with a concentration in social and behavioral science at IU East. IU East is an NAIA program. The IU East women's team reached the River States Conference tournament championship match this past spring. IU East also received the NAIA's Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award for men's tennis for 2016-17.