FAYETTEVILLE ó The Georgia baseball program is looking for a new coach after parting ways with Dave Perno on Sunday. And Arkansas associate head coach Todd Butler quickly was mentioned as a potential replacement.
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America and Kendall Rogers of PerfectGame.org included Butler among those who could be in consideration for the position after Perno was dismissed Sunday night. Butler has been part of Arkansas coach Dave Van Hornís staff for the past eight seasons, working as the programís recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and outfield coach.
Itís not the first time Butlerís name has been listed in connection to another position during his Arkansas career. Van Horn promoted him to associate head coach last summer after interviewing for another assistant coaching position at Texas.
Arkansas is hitting just .261 with 27 home runs this season, but Butler has helped the Hogs reach the College World Series twice and put together five recruiting classes that ranked in the top 10 during his tenure. The Razorbacks have produced five of its top 10 home run totals since Butlerís arrival.
Butler was a head coach at his alma mater, McNeese State, for three seasons from 2001-2003. He also had two stints as an assistant coach at Alabama from 1995-2000 and 2004-05 before joining Van Hornís staff with the Razorbacks.
Perno was dismissed after going 21-32, 7-20 in SEC in his 12th season at Georgia.
ó Robbie Neiswanger ē Arkansas News Bureau