Clemson makes women's basketball coach hire
Clemson has hired former Florida coach Amanda Butler as its new head women's basketball coach, TigerNet confirmed Thursday.
Clemson's Board of Trustees approved the hiring and contract for the 46-year-old former Florida player in a teleconference Thursday.
Butler coached at her alma mater 10 seasons, making the NCAA Tournament four times and the Women's NIT four times with a 190-136 record overall.
Before Florida, she coached two seasons at Charlotte, going 40-22 and earning Atlantic-10 coach of the year honors and a share of the regular season championship in 2006.
She also served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball's Under-19 World Championship team, which won a gold medal in 2009.
Butler takes over for Audra Smith, who was not retained after a 52-99 run as Clemson's coach (9-70 in ACC play). Butler went 71-85 in SEC action at Florida before she was fired after a 15-16 (5-11 SEC) campaign in the 2016-17 season.
"We have high expectations for all our athletic programs and we need a new direction and fresh perspective in women's basketball," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a news release on Smith last month.
Butler is a Mt. Juliet, Tennessee native.
Hello Clemson!— Amanda Butler (@CoachAB34) April 13, 2018
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