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Steve Farley

Steve Farley graduated from River Falls High School in 1977. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1981, and his Master’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1983.

Steve was a three-sport athlete at RFHS, competing in football, basketball and baseball. In football, Steve played QB and was also the team’s punter and kicker. He averaged over 43 yards per punt his senior year, one of the top averages in the state. He helped lead the Wildcats to a Middle Border Conference championship his junior year and the team narrowly missed the state playoffs his senior year after suffering a one-point loss to eventual conference champion, Mondovi. Farley was named a team captain and was voted First Team All-Conference as a senior.

In basketball, Steve played on the varsity squad his junior and senior years. He was one of the team’s leading scorers and rebounders. As a senior, he was named a team captain and was voted to the All-Conference First Team.

Baseball was the sport where Farley excelled the most. In four seasons of playing on the varsity team, he finished his pitching career with a 25-1 career record, his only loss being a 1-0 heartbreaker to Oconomowoc in the 1977 State Tournament played in Wausau. Farley was named All-Conference in both his junior and senior years and was chosen First Team All-State as a senior. Steve was also an outstanding hitter, batting .521 his senior year. In addition to pitching, Farley played outfield and first base.
Besides his athletic accomplishments, Steve was a member of the National Honor Society, selected for Badger Boys State, and Prom King.

Following his playing career and graduation from the University of Minnesota, Steve accepted a graduate assistant coaching position at the University of Arizona under Hall of Fame coach Jerry Kindall. Steve’s first full-time baseball coaching position was at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY where he served for three seasons. Farley’s 1987 Army team set the school win record. Farley departed West Point in 1988 to accept a head coaching position at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. Three years later, Farley led his team to a divisional championship and was named Coach of the Year. Steve was hired as the head baseball coach at Butler University in Indianapolis in the summer of 1991. Since his hiring, the Bulldogs have won five conference championships and made two NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also been named Coach of the Year four times. This past year he was chosen to receive the prestigious ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award in front of nearly 5,000 coaches at the national convention held in Nashville, TN.

Steve and his wife Lisa live in Indianapolis, Indiana. They have two daughters, Hannah and Sarah and a dog named Griffen. Steve’s parents, Mike and Rae Farley, currently reside in Mesa, AZ. Steve has two brothers who also attended RFHS: David is a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Mike is an advertising executive in Cedarburg, WI.