Joel Cornette, who helped lead the Butler men's basketball team to the NCAA "Sweet 16" in 2003, begins his first year as coordinator of men's basketball operations at Butler.
Cornette is returning to Butler, where he was a four-year basketball letterwinner and co-Most Valuable Player of the 2002-03 squad. During his playing career, he helped lead Butler to a four-year 100-28 (.781) record, four Horizon League regular season championships, two Horizon League tournament titles, three trips to the NCAA Tournament and one bid to the NIT! He played in every game over four seasons and set a school record for most career games played (128). He was in the starting lineup in the final 97 games of his collegiate career!
The 6-9 post player was one of just 30 players to score 1,000 career points at Butler. He led the Bulldogs in rebounding for three straight seasons, and he topped the Bulldogs in blocked shots for four consecutive years. He finished his career in seventh place on Butler's all-time rebounding list.
Cornette was named to the league's All-Defensive Team for three straight years, and he earned All-Horizon League honors once. He was picked to the league All-Tournament Team in 2001, and he was named to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team in 2003. He was named Butler's Co-Most Outstanding Male Athlete in 2003.
The former Butler player served as a graduate assistant coach for the Bulldogs in 2003-04. He's been playing professional basketball for the past two years, both with the Nebraska Cranes of the United States Basketball League (USBL) and in Australia.