Athletic Hall of Fame: Skinner, Greenburg lead female inductees

Since the creation of the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991, there have been 176 commemorative plaques added to  one of the walls in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Each plaque recognizes the achievements of a person or team that was part of Butler’s athletic program.

The Butler Athletic Hall of fame currently contains 24 females who were, at one time, involved with Butler athletics.

Barbara Skinner and Barbara Greenburg were two of the first three women inducted into the Hall in 1998.

Skinner earned 10 varsity letters in basketball, softball and tennis before graduating in 1983.

Photo by Marcy Thornsberry

Skinner played alongside her sister, Elizabeth, who was the first person to score 1,000 career points in basketball. Elizabeth was nominated for the Hall of Fame along with her sister.

“Liz and I were always together on team, and we mutually shared a good deal of success,” Skinner said in a press release during her senior season.

Skinner played in 100 games for the Bulldogs’ basketball team, compiling 1,448 points. That total was third-highest in school history at the time of her induction.

Skinner was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player after her senior season (1982-83) and was an MVP of Butler’s softball team.

“Skinner is one of the best woman basketball players I’ve ever seen,” Jim Price, a former National Basketball Association All-Star, said in a press release following the 1982-83 season. “I haven’t seen another player that can cover the entire game the way she does.”

In her senior season, Skinner led the Bulldogs to an 18-6 record and an NCAA Division II Tournament berth.

She is also part of the History of Women’s Basketball exhibit in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Greenburg, a 1964 graduate, served as the first and only softball coach at Butler until her retirement from coaching in 1994.

Greenburg earned a Special Service Award in the Hall of Fame for helping to start Butler’s softball program.

Photo by Marcy Thornsberry

In 14 seasons as coach, Greenburg led the softball squad to a 263-247-3 record.

The inaugural team posted a 25-6 record in 1981. The following season, Greenburg led the team to a second-place showing in the state tournament.

In addition, Greenburg was a coach for the Butler women’s tennis team from 1975 to 1986. Her career mark of 121-38 included 12 consecutive winning seasons and three runner-up showings in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Greenburg also coached field hockey and volleyball teams at Butler in addition to being a teacher in the College of Education.


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