Steve Farley - Recruiting Coach
Steve brings an unmatched wealth of knowledge, experience and character to The Recruiting Coaches. As a 25 year Head Coach at Butler University, Steve was the winningest coach in program history with over 600 wins. In 2011 Steve won the American Baseball Coaches Association Ethics in Coaching Award. This honors an individual who embodies the American Baseball Coaches Association code of ethics, which reflects that the highest calling of a baseball coach is to teach life’s lessons and model the character traits of honesty, integrity, respect and personal responsibility.
During his college playing career, Steve played for Hall of Fame Coaches Dick Siebert and John Anderson at the University of Minnesota. Steve entered the coaching world by serving as Graduate Assistant to Hall of Fame coach, Jerry Kindall at Arizona. From there he went on to a full-time position at the U.S. Military Academy serving as the team’s pitching coach. Steve’s first Head Coaching job came at Davis & Elkins in 1988 where he inherited a last place team for two consecutive seasons. In 1990 Steve was named Co-Coach of the year in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after leading Davis & Elkins to its first 20-win season in over a decade. The next year Davis & Elkins won a division championship.
In 1992 Steve was named Head Coach at Butler University where he held the position until 2016. At Butler, Steve was a 4-time Coach of the Year in his league, and has won 5 regular season or conference tournament championships with two NCAA tournament appearances. Steve Recruited and coached MLB players Pat Neshek (RHP, Phillies) and Dan Johnson (1B/DH, Dodgers) at Butler. Numerous other Butler former players have signed professional contracts.
Aside from coaching, Steve has been an avid participant in youth camps & clinics. He was a featured clinician at the NCAA College World Series Youth Education Through Sports clinic in Omaha, NE. In 2013 Steve was a featured speaker at the ABCA National Convention, a highly coveted achievement in the coaching world. Steve has been a speaker at Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin state high school baseball coaching conventions.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Minnesota where he was a recipient of the Williams Scholar-Student Athlete Award. In 1983 Steve completed his Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona. Steve has coaching in his blood as his father, Mike Farley, is the former Head Football Coach at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Steve has a wife, Lisa, who is a professor in Human Movement & Health Education Department at Butler. The Farley’s have two daughters, Hannah and Sarah.
“As a winner of the prestigious ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award, Steve Farley exemplifies what is good about the college coaching profession. I can’t think of a more qualified person to discuss the in’s and out’s of the college recruiting process with prospects and their parents.” ~ Mid-American Conference Head Coach