Northland Pioneer College has partnered with coach Scott Catt (men's) and coach Leah Butler (women's) to establish club basketball teams that carry NPC's name. Club Sports are competitive sports teams that practice weekly and compete against other colleges. While Club Sports are different than varsity athletics many of the same principles apply, however with Club Sports the time commitment is not as significant and there are no scholarships. Both male and female NPC students are eligible to participate in Club Basketball.
Join and follow NPC's Club Basketball Facebook group!
NPC Club Basketball is a great way to stay involved in the sport you love and get to meet other NPC students who also love basketball. To participate and play:
- You must be currently enrolled in at least 9 credits at NPC.
- Have an maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- Not be found to be in violation of any part of NPC's student code of conduct
- Students currently enrolled in high school and taking NPC college classes are eligible to play as long as they meet the above criteria.
NPC Club Basketball competes in the NCBBA and the season runs from October-May, but interested students are welcome to join at any time. The competitive season totals 18-22 games. Club Basketball practices two to three times a week during the season.
About Men's Coach, Scott Catt
Scott Catt says, "We are establishing a championship culture on the court and in the NPC classroom. I look forward to winning in basketball and helping to transform the lives of student-athletes. Of his appointment to the Northland Pioneer job, Catt says, "This is an amazing opportunity to work with some great student-athletes. I look forward to helping NPC students win in basketball and in their lives for years to come."
Perhaps this diversity is what makes Coach Catt the perfect fit for this job. Not only does he have a rich international basketball background, but he also has also established a winning tradition at every stop along his coaching career.
As the national coach of South Sudan, Catt had the responsibility of overseeing every aspect of the South Sudanese basketball program. From the 3on3 teams with aspirations of competing in the Tokyo Olympics to the youth teams and their development into the top tier of elite global talent. Upon accepting his new role of Head Coach, Catt said, "I am honored to serve as the national coach for the great nation of South Sudan. I am grateful for the overwhelming support that has come from around the world. This is an incredible nation with a rich basketball history and an opportunity to do something special. My goal, and the goal of the entire federation, is to create champions on and off the court. We will compete at the highest level on the world stage and continue to develop talented players that will rise to the highest levels of basketball." This was accomplished as his team brought home the 2019 World Championship.
Coach Catt's career began as a volunteer director of player development coach for a nationally ranked high school and then again at the professional level. Through sustained success, he found himself working with players and coaches from some of the nation's top conferences, including the Big West, WAC, Pac 12, Big Sky, WCC, ACC, Big 12 as well as many of Division II and III schools.
Catt has also had the opportunity to work directly with NBA teams and players in the development and evaluation of foreign talent and has made a name for himself as a coach in the international leagues. As the head of scouting and offensive coordinator for the Mazatlan Nauticos, Catt helped lead the number 1 ranked offense in the CIBACOPA, a top league in Latin America. He then served as the Associate Head Coach for the Guasave Frayeros of the CIBACOPA with duties that included coordinating the offense, scouting, and off-season recruiting. He also served as a special assistant to the Mexican national program, scouting and training potential candidates to represent the Mexican side in international competitions.
As a head coach, Scott Catt has a .821 winning percentage.
Coach Catt is a product of the Pete Carril (legendary Princeton coach and Naismith Hall of Famer) coaching tree and has directed camps all over the country. Catt has served on several boards, startups, and consulting positions. With several regional titles, city championships, state championships, and national final fours in several countries, Catt is excited for the success that will be brought to the Apache National Team and the Northland Pioneer Men's team. A believer in education, Coach Catt earned his BA in African History with honors from BYU and his Masters in Organizational Behavior and Coaching from University College London in the United Kingdom. He is anticipating finishing his postmaster's in Educational Leadership from Harvard University in the spring and continuing his doctoral studies at the Swiss School of Business and Management.
About Women's Coach, Lea Butler
Lea Butler is a veteran coach and athletic trainer working with thousands of athletes across the country. In her professional life outside of basketball, she has worked in EMT emergency services in the trauma unit and is currently the manager of White Mountain Orthopedic Surgery. Butler was a star athlete at Cactus High School earning all-region and all-state honors in both basketball, where she played for her multi-state champion father, as well as softball. Entering the coaching ranks, Butler has led her teams to multiple state tournament births and has coached countless all-state and all-conference selections. She joins the NPC club program after a highly successful career as a high school coach. Lea is heavily involved in the community and serves as a leader in the White Mountain Dog Rescue.