- Amanda Butler
- 2015-16 is her Ninth Year as UF Head Coach
- 11th Year Overall as a Head Coach
Combine passion, pride, toughness, intensity, humor, wittiness, competitiveness, leadership and mix in a healthy dose of a swagger and you have Amanda Butler, who in 2015-16 enters her ninth year as head coach of the University of Florida women’s basketball team, as well as her 11th year overall at the helm of a program.
Return of a Gator
- On April 13, 2007, UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley identified Butler, one of the nation's top young coaching talents as well as a former four-year starter and two-year assistant coach for Florida, as the ninth head coach in Gator women's basketball history.
- A four-year starter for the Gators from 1990-94
- Earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences with honors on May 6, 1995
- Awarded a Master of Exercise and Sport Sciences on Aug. 9, 1997
Head Coach Amanda Butler: A Postseason Regular
- Butler has guided the Gators to a postseason berth in seven of her eight years
- NCAA Appearances: 2009, ’12 &’14
- WNIT Appearances: four; reached 2013 Final Four
- First-ever coach to guide UF to a postseason berth in her inaugural season on the sideline
Good When We Get There
- In all seven trips to the postseason under Coach Butler, the Gators have won at least their first round game.
Coach Butler & the Postseason, Part 2
- During her two years as an assistant coach at UF, Butler was on staff when the Gators earned an NCAA bid both seasons, including the 1997 run into the Elite Eight.
- In her fourth and final year as an assistant coach at Austin Peay State University, the 2001 Lady Govs earned just the second-ever NCAA bid in program history and the first since 1996.
- In her last five years with UNC Charlotte, the 49ers competed in the postseason each time, earning an NCAA bid in 2003 and a WNIT in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, the final two of those coming when Butler served as the head coach of the program.
Amanda Butler in the NCAA Tournament ... as a Gator
- During her time as a Gator letterwinner, Amanda Butler helped Florida earn its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth (1993) and followed that with another her senior year (1994), playing in all three games and totaling 65 minutes, 18 points, seven rebounds, nine assists with just two turnovers.
Just off the Pace
- Butler closed her seventh season as Florida’s head coach with 140 wins - two off the pace set by the winningest Gator coach through their first seven years Carol Ross (1990-2002), who won 142 through her first seven years en route to 247 victories in 12 years.
- Butler has averaged 19.1 wins per season; Ross 21.6 through her first eight years.
Significant Wins Earned During 2013-14
- Won 175th game in nine-year overall head coaching career (d. Alabama, 75-67, Jan. 30, 2014)
- Earned first win vs. Top-10 opponent (d. No. 6 Kentucky, Jan. 5, 2014; 83-73)
- Collected 125th win as UF head coach (Nov. 30, 2013 vs. Oregon State)
Five of 14 20-Win Seasons Under Butler
- Butler has led the Gators to five 20-win seasons in her seven years
- There have been 14 total 20-win seasons in program history, including Butler’s five
Tough at Home
- The Gators boast a 62-8 home record (88.6 winning percentage) against non-Southeastern Conference teams
Academic Accolades Under Butler
- 17 different Gators have earned 31 spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 9 earned a spot on the Freshman Academic Honor Roll
- 2 First Team Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team recipients
Individual Gator Accolades Under Butler
- All-SEC honorees: 8
- SEC All-Freshman Team recipients: 6
- SEC 6th Woman of the Year
- SEC All-Defensive Team
Gators Records Under Butler
- Her second team - 2008-09 squad – finished ranked among the top-25 in both national polls, first time in program history since the 2001-02 season
- Tied program record of 24 victories (2008-09 season)
- Compiled a program-record 15-game winning streak
- Won a program-record seven consecutive games against SEC teams
- Ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press national poll on Feb. 9, 2009, the program’s first top-10 showing since Feb. 12, 2001
- The 2008-09 Gators shattered the program record by hitting 221 three-pointers, breaking the old mark of 179 set the previous season
Butler on Elite List
- When Florida earned the No. 23 spot in the Dec. 8, 2008 Associated Press national poll, Butler became one of only 24 women in the history of NCAA Division I women’s basketball who had played for a team that was ranked in the AP Top-25 and later coached a team that earned a top-25 ranking.
- Even more rare was the fact the Butler played for and coached the SAME team that earned a top-25 ranking, becoming only the sixth woman ever to accomplish that feat.
"toughest Gator ever to wear the Florida uniform" – Head Coach Carol Ross of Butler
- Butler’s grittiness and feistiness held true on the sideline during 2009-10, when she ruptured her left Achilles tendon on Oct. 24, 2009, as she was quarterbacking her then-undefeated flag football team in The Swamp Bowl, the name given to the playoff round of the on-campus league event.
- In spite of the injury, Butler never missed a beat, attending the Backcourt Club’s annual membership drive event and the team’s practice the next day.
- She underwent successful surgery on Oct. 26 and was back on the sideline Oct. 28.
- The next day, she volunteered her time at the Children’s Miracle Network Art Auction that featured all art created by the pediatric patients at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
- Butler coached the majority of the season on a sliding chair.
Quite the Gator Debut
- After inheriting virtually the same squad that won just nine games the previous year (2006-07), Butler and her staff produced the greatest one-year turnaround by a coach in their first year in program history, winning 19 games while facing 17 different teams that earned a postseason bid.
- Butler also became the program’s first head coach to guide Florida to a postseason berth in their debut year, as the squad competed in the WNIT, reaching the third round.
UAA Life Skills Cup Standings
Gator teams compete against each other in the five areas of the CHAMPS Life Skills program: SAAC, Goodwill Gators (community outreach), workshops and presentations.
- Under Butler, the Women’s Basketball team has won the coveted award twice (2007-08 and 2010-11)
- Second Place: 2008-09
- Third Place: 2009-10
Head Coach Debut
- During her two years as head coach at Charlotte (2004-06), Butler compiled a 40-22 record that included two WNIT berths and a share of the 49ers first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season championship.
- Her debut season resulted in an overall record of 21-9, the most wins ever by a Charlotte coach in their first year, as Butler was recognized as the league’s Coach of the Year.
- The 2006-07 49ers posted a 19-13 overall mark, advancing to the WNIT second round before losing to Virginia, 74-72.
Promotion to Associate Head Coach
- She was promoted to Charlotte’s Associate Head Coach following the season 2002-03 season and held that title through the 2003-04 season.
- Butler emerged as a proven recruiter, bringing to Charlotte four All-Atlantic 10 selections, four Conference USA All-Freshman team members and one All-Conference USA honoree.
Gaining More Experience
- Butler joined the Charlotte staff on May 4, 2001, as an assistant and helped the 49ers to a 16-13 record, the program's first winning season in eight years.
- In her second year as an assistant coach at Charlotte, the 49ers captured the 2003 Conference USA Regular-Season title and earned the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
“Let’s Go Peay”
- Butler spent four seasons (1997-2001) as an assistant coach at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, where then-head coach Susie Gardner hired her to take over the team's recruiting efforts. It didn't take long for Butler to make an impact.
- One of Butler's recruits, Brooke Armistead, became the OVC Freshman of the Year in 2000 and closed her career as the 2003 OVC Player of the Year, as well as a Second-Team Verizon Academic All-American.
- Also under Butler's keen eye for talent, Austin Peay became the first OVC school to land back-to-back league Freshmen of the Year recipients, with Armistead in 2000 followed the next season by Gerlonda Hardin, who emerged as the league's 2004 Player of the Year and collected Third-Team Academic All-America honors.
- Armistead became the school’s all-time leading scorer and the first player in APSU history to be drafted by the WNBA.
- Her final season resulted in the Lady Govs’ winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for just the second time in program history and making their second-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, joining the 1996 APSU team in the "Big Dance" and sparking a run of four consecutive NCAA appearances for the program.
Breaking Into the Coach Circle
- Upon graduation, then-Florida coach Carol Ross hired Butler as the Gators' assistant coach for the 1995-96 season.
- That 1995-96 squad compiled a 21-9 record and earned a berth into the NCAAs.
- The following season, the Gators won a program-record 24 games and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, falling to Old Dominion, 53-51.
- Florida enjoyed two of its best finishes in the SEC Tournament during Butler’s time as an assistant, with the Gators advancing to the semifinals for the first time in program history during the 1996 campaign and followed it with the team’s first – and still only – appearance in the championship game.
Butler as a Gator
- On the court, the 5-foot-8 guard immediately took charge of the team from her first day at Florida, also the rookie season for Ross as head coach, as Butler started 99 of the 114 games she played during her career.
- During her junior and senior seasons, she led the Gators to the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history that began a run of seven consecutive trips to the "Big Dance."
- Butler was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was voted a finalist on the CoSIDA Academic All-America District Team
- Completed her Gator career ranked second on the program’s all-time assists list with 401, while ranking among top-three for career three-pointers made (77) and attempted (278).
- The team captain during her senior season, Butler helped the Gators compile 73 victories during her tenure, the best four-year total in school history at that time, and to 21 SEC wins, also the most during a four-year span.
High School 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
- Received All-Mid-State honors and All-District honors for three straight years, including first-team recognition in 1989 and 1990
- Graduated in the top 10 percent of her senior class
- Daughter of Stephen and Barbara Butler
||WNIT; A-10 Co-Champs
||WNIT Second Round
||WNIT Round of 16
||NCAA Second Round
||WNIT Second Round
||WNIT Round of 16
||NCAA 2nd Round
||NCAA 2nd Round
|Total (10 Years)
||9 Postseason Berths
|At Florida (8)
||7 Postseason Berths
|At Charlotte (2)
||2 Postseason Berths
Amanda Butler at a Glance
Full Name: Amanda Kay Butler
Hometown: Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Born: March 6
- College: University of Florida (B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences, 1995; Master of Exercise and Sport Sciences, 1997)
- High School: Mt. Juliet H.S. (1990 graduate)
Coaching Timeline (20 years)
||Univ. of Florida Assistant Coach
||1996 & 1997 NCAA Appearances; 1997 NCAA Elite Eight
||1997 SEC Tournament Runner-Up; Coached 1997 First-Team Kodak and Associated Press All-American, 1997 SEC Player of the Year
||Austin Peay State Univ. Assistant Coach
||2001 NCAA Appearance; 2001 OVC Tournament Champions
||Coached 2000 & 2001 OVC Freshman of the Year
||UNC Charlotte Assistant Coach
||2003 NCAA Appearance; 2003 Conference USA Champion
||UNC Charlotte Associate Head Coach
||WNIT Appearances: 2004 & ‘05
||UNC Charlotte Head Coach
||2006 Atlantic 10 Regular-Season Co-Champions
||2006 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
||WNIT Appearances: 2006 & ‘07
||Univ. of Florida Head Coach
||NCAA Appearances: 2009, ’12 & ‘14
||WNIT Appearances: 2008, ‘10, ‘11 & ‘13
Individual Gator Accolades Under Butler
- All-SEC Selections: 8 athletes
- All-SEC Freshman Team Honorees: 6 athletes
- SEC Academic Honor Roll: 17 athletes, 31 honors
- SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll: 9 athletes
- Additional Awards Achieved: SEC 6th Woman of the Year, SEC All-Defensive Team
- Univ. of Florida, Four-year starting guard (1990-94)
- 1993 & 1994 NCAA Berths were first two in program history