Suburban volleyball coach Rick Butler facing yet another career threat


Dominant West suburban youth volleyball coach Rick Butler already faced new allegations of sexual abuse that threatened his successful career.

Now, volleyball's national governing body has doubled-down on its effort to expel Butler from its ranks, alleging last week that the owner of Sports Performance Volleyball in Aurora improperly revealed sensitive information, including the names of his new accusers, court records show.

USA Volleyball wants an "emergency hearing" on the matter, according to a document filed Tuesday in DuPage County Circuit Court by his attorney, Terry Ekl.

Meanwhile, Butler also expects to face a hearing in a parallel issue -- alleging new claims of sexual abuse -- starting Jan. 8, according to Ekl's filing. Those allegations were first reported last month in the Chicago Sun-Times series "Net Pains."

Sexual abuse allegations have dogged Butler for 22 years. But the devil has always been in the details. And Ekl's filing suggests USA Volleyball could wind up expelling Butler from its ranks on a procedural matter.

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