With 20-plus years of coaching experience under her belt, including 12 seasons as a Division 1 head coach, Amanda Butler has all the tools and experience to take over the helm of the Clemson women’s basketball program. Butler stepped into her role as head coach on April 12, 2018, ready to make her mark on Clemson.
A Successful Career
With an overall head coaching record of 230-159, Butler is no stranger to success, having led her team to 10 postseason berths in 12 years. Four of those 10 postseason appearances came in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Second Round three times and the First Round once.
In 12 years at the Division I level, Butler has coached her teams to seven 20-win seasons, including a 24-8 season while with the Gators, tying a program record for wins in a season.
Time with the Gators
Most recently, Butler spent 10 seasons at the head of the Florida Gators women’s basketball program, posting a 190-137 record in that span with eight postseason berths. She averaged 19.0 wins per season in her 10 years at Florida and was responsible for six of the program’s 15 total 20-win seasons.
Under her direction, the 2008-09 squad (24-8) cracked the top-25 in the national polls for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Butler coached the team to a program-best 15-game winning streak and won a program-record seven consecutive games against SEC teams.
Butler’s mentorship led to 10 All-SEC selections and eight All-SEC Freshman Team honorees during her 10 years at Florida. Following the spectacular 2008-09 season, Sha Brooks received WBCA and AP All-America Honorable Mention status.
As a coach, Butler was a United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year finalist in 2016.
Head Coach Debut
Butler began her head coaching career at Charlotte, where the 49ers posted a 40-22 record in two seasons. She led the 49ers to two WNIT berths and the team’s first-ever share of the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season championship.
In her debut season, Butler’s team posted a 21-9 mark and a WNIT appearance, earning her Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors.
Stops Along the Way
After graduating from Florida in 1994, Butler transitioned into an assistant coach role with the team under then-Florida coach Carol Ross. In two seasons as an assistant coach, Butler mentored the team to two NCAA Tournament berths, including an Elite Eight appearance.
She spent the next four season a little closer to home, serving as an assistant coach for Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. While there, Butler took over the recruiting efforts for the Lady Govs, an effort that translated into immense success as one of her recruits, Brooke Armistead, went on to earn OVC Freshman of the Year (2000) and OVC Player of the Year (2003).
In May of 2001, Butler took her talents to the state of North Carolina, joining the Charlotte women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. In her second year with the program, the 49ers captured the 2003 Conference-USA regular-season title and earned their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Butler earned a promotion to associate head coach following the 2002-03 season and continued her success in recruiting, bringing to Charlotte four All-Atlantic 10 selections, four Conference USA All-Freshman team members and one All-Conference USA honoree. The following season, Butler received the nod as head coach of the 49ers.
The Tennessee chronicled her year away from coaching (2017-18) for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, detailing her 365 days visiting various basketball programs around the country. Additionally, she appeared on several SEC Network broadcasts as an analyst throughout the 2017-18 season.
The Early Days
A native of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Butler enjoyed a stellar prep career at Mt. Juliet High School, where she tallied over 1,400 points. Butler went on to a standout playing career at the University of Florida. During her junior and senior seasons, she led the Gators to the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history.
A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she was voted a finalist on the CoSIDA Academic All-America District Team. Butler completed her Gator career ranked second on the program’s all-time assists list with 401. During her tenure with the Gators, Butler helped the team to 73 victories and 21 SEC wins, in addition to serving as captain during her senior season.
Butler earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Florida (’95) and a master’s in 1997.
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