Scott Hall | Head Coach
Scott Hall enters his seventh season leading the Bulldogs, coming off arguably the program's best season in history. The 2016 team, under Hall's direction, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after winning the BIG EAST Tournament title.
The 2016 Bulldogs finished the year with a 28-24 record. Butler's 9-7 record in BIG EAST play earned the team the #4 seed in the 2016 BIG EAST Tournament. In a miraculous run to the championship, Butler knocked off top-seeded DePaul in the semifinals and #3 seed St. John's in the championship game, allowing grand slams to the opposition in both contests only to come back to win the game.
Butler took the BIG EAST's automatic berth in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and was assigned to the Lexington Regional at the University of Kentucky. The Bulldogs dropped contests to the host Wildcats and Illinois in the program's only NCAA Tournament action.
In his initial season with the Bulldogs, the 2011 team went 32-24 and set a school record for league wins with 14. The team's 14-8 league record clinched a third-place league finish while its 32 wins were the program's second-highest win total, just four shy of the record set by the 2010 team. In finishing second at the Horizon League Tournament, the Bulldogs' four tournament wins set a school record and tied the 2002 team for the best league finish.
In 2012, Hall guided the Bulldogs to 25 wins and a third-place finish at the Horizon League Softball Championship, and one year later he led Butler to 22 wins, including 11 conference victories in the team's first and only season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. In 2014, the Bulldogs moved to the BIG EAST. Butler posted 24 wins in both 2014 and 2015, tying for fourth in the BIG EAST standings, but missing out on a trip to the conference tournament due to tiebreakers both seasons.
One of the most successful high school coaches in Indiana, Hall was named head softball coach at Butler University prior to the 2010-2011 season. He assumed the top position with the Bulldogs after spending 10 seasons as head softball coach at Pendleton Heights High School.
Hall, who also coached softball for two seasons at Shenandoah High School, boasts a 12-year high school coaching record of 285-87 (.793). He guided Pendleton Heights to four state finals’ appearances and led the Lady Arabians to state runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2005. He was named Indiana High School Softball Coach of the Year in 2005, and he guided Pendleton Heights to a “Top 25” national ranking in 2006.
During his 12 high school seasons, Hall coached eight conference championship teams, eight sectional championship squads and four regional championship teams. He was named District Coach of the Year four times (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007), conference Coach of the Year four times (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008), Madison County Coach of the Year twice (2003 and 2008) and Ball State Alumni Association Coach of the Year twice (2007 and 2008). He received a Softball Service Award from the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association in 2009. The Butler coach had 29 of his former players receive college softball scholarships, including 16 to Division I schools.
Hall has been active in the ICGSA and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). He hosted and assisted with numerous college, high school and youth camps and clinics, and he’s served as an instructor at several NCAA Division I softball camps. In 2009, he assisted Butler in hosting the Horizon League Softball Championship at Pendleton Heights High School.
A three-sport athlete at Shenandoah High School, 1990-93, Hall attended Ball State University. He earned his B.S. degree in secondary education from Ball State in January of 1999.
Stacey Goyette | Assistant Coach
Stacey Goyette, one of Butler’s most accomplished players during her time as a Bulldog, returned to the program as an assistant coach in August, 2016. Goyette is actively involved in all aspects of the program, including serving as the team’s pitching coach.
Goyette, then Stacey Wilson, twice earned All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference honors for the Bulldogs, starring at first base, second base, and as a pitcher. She led the MCC in batting (.381) and in doubles (14) during her senior campaign in 1993. She was also named to the MCC All-Tournament Team that season. She earned second-team All-Conference honors in 1992. She arrived on the Butler campus after a stellar prep career at Shenandoah High School in Middletown, Ind.
Goyette has put together a strong coaching résumé at Shenandoah High School, serving as the varsity softball coach since 2011. She managed all facets of the program and led the team to a 2014 sectional championship.
She has also led successful travel ball programs, guiding the Hoosier Crush Gold 16U team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The team won the USFA State Championship and was an ASA Midwest Regional qualifier. From 2011-2013, Goyette coached the Indiana Prospects Gold 16U and 18U teams that qualified for PGF and ASA Gold Nationals.
Prior to joining the Butler staff, Goyette served as president and executive board member of the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.
Kayla Fortner | Assistant Coach
Kayla Fortner joined the Butler softball staff prior in July, 2017 as an assistant coach.
Fortner serves as the program’s hitting and outfield coach, while being involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting and team travel.
Fortner spent the 2017 season as the assistant coach at Quincy University in Illinois. On the field, she had responsibilities for the team’s hitting and outfielders. She also served as the program’s camp coordinator and academic coordinator, among other duties.
Prior to joining the Quincy staff, Fortner was a student assistant at her alma mater, Southeast Missouri State, for the 2016 season. During her collegiate playing career, she also served as a volunteer assistant coach at the high school level, and as an assistant coach with several St. Louis-area travel teams.
Fortner played one season at Southeast Missouri State, leading the team in batting average (.389), runs scored (42), doubles (10), home runs (16), RBI (48), slugging percentage (.832), on-base percentage (.523), walks (33) and games started (46) as a senior. She was named NFCA second team all-region and first team All-Ohio Valley Conference. She led the league in slugging percentage and on-base percentage, while finishing second in batting average, home runs and walks. She is SEMO’s single-season home run record holder.
The Cedar Hill, Mo. native played her first three collegiate seasons at the University of Evansville, amassing 24 home runs to rank second in UE’s career record book.