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Georgia Tech’s Tasha Butts named Georgetown coach


Georgetown University announced that Tasha Butts has been named the head coach of its women’s basketball program. Butts will be introduced to the Georgetown community at an event in Nolan Hall today at 4 p.m.

“I am so excited to welcome Tasha Butts to the Hilltop as our new women’s basketball coach,” said Francis X. Rienzo Director of Athletics Lee Reed. “Coach Butts has seen success as both a coach and a player at the pinnacle of women’s basketball, and she will bring her expertise to our young women. I am confident that her experience and winning mentality sets us on a track for success. Off of the court, she has been a mentor to her players and understands what it takes to be a champion.”

“I am absolutely honored to be the head coach for Georgetown Women’s Basketball,” said Butts. “I would like to thank President DeGioia, Athletics Director Lee Reed, Sharon Brummell and the entire committee for choosing me. It has always been a dream of mine and to be awarded this opportunity to coach at such a prestigious institution, it is beyond any words. I’m elated that I will have the opportunity to mentor, develop and coach these young women. I look forward to working with the entire Georgetown administration, staff and, most importantly, getting involved in our community. I am super excited about this new journey, it’s going to be an amazing ride and we will do this together! Go Hoyas!”

Butts comes to Georgetown from Georgia Tech after a long coaching and professional WNBA career. She joined the Georgia Tech women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in April 2019, and was promoted to associate head coach in April 2021.

Butts helped guide Georgia Tech to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament, most recently earning an at-large bid in 2021-22. During that season, the Yellow Jackets spent 14 weeks in the national rankings, climbing as high as No. 11 in the Associated Press poll. A marquee win for GT during the season took place on Dec. 9, 2021, when the Jackets upended No. 3/2 UConn, 57-44, to snap a 240-game winning streak against unranked opponents.

In 2020-21, Butts helped guide the Yellow Jackets to a 17-9 overall record and a 12-6 ledger in the Atlantic Coast Conference to finish third and ranked No. 22 in the final USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll during a global pandemic. In its historic season, Tech made its 10th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for just the second time in program history. Working primarily with the guards, Butts helped tutor Lotta-Maj Lahtinen to become the ACC Most Improved Player.

In her first season on The Flats, Butts helped the Yellow Jackets to a 20-11 overall record, 10-8 in the ACC. Tech defeated four top-25 teams in 2019-20, including topping No. 4 NC State on the road, 65-61, to mark the highest-ranked road win in program history. The Yellow Jackets were awaiting their postseason bid when the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During her eight seasons at LSU, Butts was part of four 20-win seasons and six NCAA Tournament appearances highlighted by back-to-back Sweet 16 runs in 2012 and 2013. She helped ink three top-20 recruiting classes (2011, 2017, 2019), while signing seven top-100 prospects, including a McDonald’s All-American in 2017. In eight seasons at LSU, Butts coached and mentored six all-SEC academic honor roll recipients and developed seven all-SEC selections.

At LSU, Butts helped develop Raigyne Moncrief-Louis and Danielle Ballard, who both garnered all-SEC freshman team honors in their careers and were listed among LSU’s

top 10 for scoring during their freshmen seasons. Louis would become the 2017 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time all-SEC honoree. The only player in LSU history to record 1,600 points, 700 rebounds, 250 steals, and 300 assists in a career, Louis was a 2018 WNBA Draft pick.

Under Butts’ guidance, Ballard broke LSU’s single-season record for steals (100) and became the first player in program history – men or women – to reach 100 steals in a season in 2012-13. Louis would top Ballard four seasons later with a program-record 107 steals.

Prior to her stint at LSU, Butts recorded three successful seasons (2008-11) as an assistant coach at UCLA. The Bruins reached the NCAA Tournament twice, compiling a 72-26 overall mark and second-place finishes in the Pac-10 Conference in both 2010 and 2011. The 2010-11 season was one for the record books as the Bruins set records for regular-season victories (26), Pac-10 wins (16), and scoring defense (55.3 points per game) while earning a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

At UCLA, Butts mentored eight All-Pac-10 academic players, three All-Pac-10 honorees, and two All-Pac-10 freshman team selections. In 2011, the program rose to a No. 7 national ranking, reached the Pac-10 Tournament Championship game, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round, finishing the season with a 29-5 overall record.

During the 2007-08 season, Butts served as an assistant coach at Duquesne University where her responsibilities included recruiting, opponent scouting, academics, equipment liaison, scheduling and development of perimeter players.

A four-year letter winner at Tennessee, Butts helped the Lady Vols to a 124-17 record from 2000-04. Tennessee made a run to the Sweet 16 in her freshman campaign and advanced to the 2002 Final Four in her sophomore season. She then helped the Lady Vols to back-to-back National Championship games in her junior and senior seasons (2003, 2004). As a senior, Butts earned All-SEC Second Team honors after averaging 10.4 points per game and ranking second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (43.0).

Additionally, Butts was part of four SEC regular season championship teams, as Tennessee compiled a 55-1 SEC record in her four years. She left UT ranked fourth all-time in games played (141) and tied for seventh in three-point shots made (103). Butts’ career-high 37 points against Vanderbilt on Feb. 16, 2004, tied for 11th on the Lady Vols’ single-game scoring list.

Butts graduated from Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in sports management while minoring in business administration in 2004. She was chosen by the Minnesota Lynx with the 20th selection in the 2004 WNBA Draft and saw action in all 30 games as a rookie, helping the club equal a franchise record with 18 wins and earn a spot in the playoffs.

Following the 2004 WNBA season, she returned to her alma mater and served as a graduate assistant coach with Pat Summitt. The Lady Vols won the 2005 SEC Championship that season and advanced to the Final Four.

Butts played overseas in the fall of 2005 for Essa/Barreiro in Portugal, averaging nearly 18.0 points per game. The following season, she played for Raanana Hertizliya in Israel, where she scored 15.5 points per game. Butts also played briefly with the Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets of the WNBA.

Off of the court, Butts was one of just 14 assistant coaches from around the country chosen to participate in Advocates for Athletic Equity’s (AAE) annual “Achieving Coaching Excellence” Professional Development Program for basketball coaches in June 2016. In her first year at Georgia Tech, Butts was selected to participate in the 2020 Women Coaches NEXT UP program. Butts was selected among a competitive field by the WBCA and Women Leaders in College Sports to participate in the program. She has also served as a WBCA mentor.

A native of Milledgeville, Georgia, Butts attended Baldwin High School where she was a consensus All-American and the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year. She remains the all-time leading scorer at the school and her high school jersey No. 23 was retired in December 2000. In August 2004, the city of Milledgeville honored Butts with a key to the city and a proclamation of achievement on “Tasha Butts Day.”


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