Thomas served as AD and head coach at Lewis and Clark Community College since 2009
Moore and his staff will host three camps
UIC will look to win first-ever postseason game
UIC will look to advance to HL Championship semifinals
Flames will look to extend season
Jeremy Buttell enters his fifth season on the coaching staff at UIC. He was promoted to assistant coach on April 29, 2014 after serving three years as the Coordinator of Video and Basketball Operations -- he served as the program's administrative assistant during the 2010-11 campaign. Buttell joined the staff following a tremendous three-year playing career for the Flames under former Head Coach Jimmy Collins.
Buttell played three seasons at UIC (2007-10), competing in 88 games and garnering 60 starts. During his senior year, Buttell ranked first in rebounding in Horizon League games, third in minutes played and 11th in scoring. He produced five double-doubles, including four in the final five games of the season. As a junior (2008-09), Buttell played in 26 games, and turned in four double-digit rebounding efforts. He averaged 7.8 rebounds over the final 12 contests.In his first season as a Flame (2007-08), Buttell started 15 of the 33 games in which he played in.
Buttell began his college career at Texas Tech (2005-06), playing one season under legendary head coach Bob Knight and current UIC assistant coach Stew Robinson. He played in 19 games as a true freshman and tallied a season-high nine points at Madison Square Garden against Syracuse. He earned one start for the Red Raiders versus Wake Forest in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.
After UIC, Buttell signed a professional contract in Luxembourg prior to returning to UIC to work on Howard Moore's staff.
A native of Colleyville, Texas, Buttell was a two-time 5A First-Team All-State selection and a two-time district MVP. He is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Colleyville Heritage High School and was a McDonalds All-American nominee. On the AAU summer circut, Buttell won two national championships with the Dallas Mustangs.
Buttell earned his Bachelor's Degree in Communications at UIC in 2009 and a Master's in Education Instructional Leadership in 2010.